Video by Ella Shapiro of CSULB’s Enterprise Reporting in Diverse Communities class.
Homelessness is not a new phenomenon. Data shows that the local population of people experiencing homelessness has steadily increased while the average rent in the region has also continued to rise. Per the 2020 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, over 66,000 people in the county are experiencing homelessness — a 12.7% increase from the previous year, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this video, CSULB enterprise reporter Ella Shapiro follows a local community outreach program started by resident Marcella Amoria. Shapiro speaks with Amoria and unhoused residents about the impact of programs like Amoria’s, what people experiencing homelessness today face, and what they want people to know about unhoused residents. Watch the video below.