Something many who act passionately to help people victimized by homelessness lament, are the individuals who will not engage with services, even when they are offered with no strings attached. There are varying degrees of “service resistance” within the population as a whole, and many times that degree is prescribed by the mental and physical health of the individual.
The City of Los Angeles recently announced a $100 million dollar initiative to address homelessness. Within the City, it is estimated there are more than 26,000 homeless people. More than 2,500 of whom are veterans. More broadly, it’s estimated that there are more than 44,000 homeless people in LA County. If it were as simple as throwing money at a problem, it might seem like this “problem” should have no issue being solved.