Inside California’s Homeless Crisis | NBC Nightly News

Inside California’s Homeless Crisis | NBC Nightly News

FROM L.A.’S MAYOR AND SPEND SOME TIME ON THE STREETS HERE TALKING SPEND SOME TIME ON THE STREETS HERE TALKING TO THE PEOPLE AT THE STREETS HERE TALKING TO THE PEOPLE AT THE HEART OF THE CRISIS. TO THE PEOPLE AT THE HEART OF THE CRISIS. TONIGHT, THEY ARE THE HEART OF THE CRISIS. TONIGHT, THEY ARE THE IMAGES ALARMING TONIGHT, THEY ARE THE IMAGES ALARMING CALIFORNIANS. IMAGES ALARMING CALIFORNIANS. IN L.A., THE HOMELESS CALIFORNIANS. IN L.A., THE HOMELESS ON PLACES LIKE THE IN L.A., THE HOMELESS ON PLACES LIKE THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME ON PLACES LIKE THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME AND ALONG THE ICONIC HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME AND ALONG THE ICONIC VENICE BOARDWALK. AND ALONG THE ICONIC VENICE BOARDWALK. >> WHERE YOU GO, IN VENICE BOARDWALK. >> WHERE YOU GO, IN AND OUT OF STORES, >> WHERE YOU GO, IN AND OUT OF STORES, HOMELESS. AND OUT OF STORES, HOMELESS. >> Reporter: WHAT WAS HOMELESS. >> Reporter: WHAT WAS ONCE LARGELY CONFINED >> Reporter: WHAT WAS ONCE LARGELY CONFINED TO SKID ROW CAN BE ONCE LARGELY CONFINED TO SKID ROW CAN BE SEEN ALL ACROSS LOS TO SKID ROW CAN BE SEEN ALL ACROSS LOS ANGELES. SEEN ALL ACROSS LOS ANGELES. HUNDREDS OF HOMELESS ANGELES. HUNDREDS OF HOMELESS ENCAMPMENTS HAVE HUNDREDS OF HOMELESS ENCAMPMENTS HAVE SPRUNG UP INCLUDING ENCAMPMENTS HAVE SPRUNG UP INCLUDING THIS ONE IN THE SHADOW SPRUNG UP INCLUDING THIS ONE IN THE SHADOW OF CITY HALL. THIS ONE IN THE SHADOW OF CITY HALL. >> JUST LIKE THE WORLD OF CITY HALL. >> JUST LIKE THE WORLD CAVING IN ON YOU. >> JUST LIKE THE WORLD CAVING IN ON YOU. >> Reporter: THOMAS CAVING IN ON YOU. >> Reporter: THOMAS LOST HIS HOME WHEN HE >> Reporter: THOMAS LOST HIS HOME WHEN HE LOST HIS JOB. LOST HIS HOME WHEN HE LOST HIS JOB. HE MOVED INTO HIS CAR LOST HIS JOB. HE MOVED INTO HIS CAR WITH HIS TWO KIDS. HE MOVED INTO HIS CAR WITH HIS TWO KIDS. >> I ENDED UPCOMING UP WITH HIS TWO KIDS. >> I ENDED UPCOMING UP WITH A GAME. >> I ENDED UPCOMING UP WITH A GAME. >> I KNOW THIS IS WITH A GAME. >> I KNOW THIS IS HARD. >> I KNOW THIS IS HARD. >> I WOULD TELL MY HARD. >> I WOULD TELL MY CHILDREN THAT WE WERE >> I WOULD TELL MY CHILDREN THAT WE WERE GOING CAMPING. CHILDREN THAT WE WERE GOING CAMPING. THEY WERE LIKE DAD, GOING CAMPING. THEY WERE LIKE DAD, WE’RE GOING CAMPING THEY WERE LIKE DAD, WE’RE GOING CAMPING AGAIN? WE’RE GOING CAMPING AGAIN? AND I WOULD SAY YEAH. AGAIN? AND I WOULD SAY YEAH. JUST BECAUSE I DIDN’T AND I WOULD SAY YEAH. JUST BECAUSE I DIDN’T WANT THEM TO FEEL WHAT JUST BECAUSE I DIDN’T WANT THEM TO FEEL WHAT I FELT. WANT THEM TO FEEL WHAT I FELT. SLEEPING IN THE CAR I FELT. SLEEPING IN THE CAR WITH MY CHILDREN. SLEEPING IN THE CAR WITH MY CHILDREN. >> THE FAMILY NOW WITH MY CHILDREN. >> THE FAMILY NOW LIVES IN THIS SHELTER >> THE FAMILY NOW LIVES IN THIS SHELTER WHILE MANY HOMELESS LIVES IN THIS SHELTER WHILE MANY HOMELESS STRUGGLE WITH WHILE MANY HOMELESS STRUGGLE WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND STRUGGLE WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL ILLNESS, FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL ILLNESS, FOR THOMAS AND MANY MENTAL ILLNESS, FOR THOMAS AND MANY OTHERS, IT’S PURELY THOMAS AND MANY OTHERS, IT’S PURELY ECONOMIC. OTHERS, IT’S PURELY ECONOMIC. THEY CAN’T AFFORD THE ECONOMIC. THEY CAN’T AFFORD THE RENT. THEY CAN’T AFFORD THE RENT. >> CAN YOU SHOW ME RENT. >> CAN YOU SHOW ME WHERE YOU LIVE? >> CAN YOU SHOW ME WHERE YOU LIVE? >> SURE, WE MET WHERE YOU LIVE? >> SURE, WE MET 65-YEAR-OLD65 >> SURE, WE MET 65-YEAR-OLD65 65-YEAR-OLD VALINTINA 65-YEAR-OLD65 65-YEAR-OLD VALINTINA AT HER TENT. 65-YEAR-OLD VALINTINA AT HER TENT. DID YOU EVER THINK YOU AT HER TENT. DID YOU EVER THINK YOU WOULD LIVE ON THE DID YOU EVER THINK YOU WOULD LIVE ON THE STREET? WOULD LIVE ON THE STREET? >> NEVER. STREET? >> NEVER. >> HOMELESSNESS HAS >> NEVER. >> HOMELESSNESS HAS JUMPED 65%. >> HOMELESSNESS HAS JUMPED 65%. HALF OF AMERICANS JUMPED 65%. HALF OF AMERICANS LIVING ON THE STREETS HALF OF AMERICANS LIVING ON THE STREETS ARE IN CALIFORNIA. LIVING ON THE STREETS ARE IN CALIFORNIA. IT SPARKED CONCERNS ARE IN CALIFORNIA. IT SPARKED CONCERNS ABOUT SAFETY AND IT SPARKED CONCERNS ABOUT SAFETY AND SANITATION. ABOUT SAFETY AND SANITATION. HOW MANY HOMELESS SANITATION. HOW MANY HOMELESS ENCAMPMENTS ARE SEEING HOW MANY HOMELESS ENCAMPMENTS ARE SEEING IN LOS ANGELES? ENCAMPMENTS ARE SEEING IN LOS ANGELES? >> SHORT OF 700. IN LOS ANGELES? >> SHORT OF 700. >> ERIC GARCETTI, >> SHORT OF 700. >> ERIC GARCETTI, AUTHORITIES SPENT $600 >> ERIC GARCETTI, AUTHORITIES SPENT $600 MILLION ON THE ISSUE AUTHORITIES SPENT $600 MILLION ON THE ISSUE LAST YEAR AND HAVE MILLION ON THE ISSUE LAST YEAR AND HAVE MORE THAN DOUBLED THE LAST YEAR AND HAVE MORE THAN DOUBLED THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE MORE THAN DOUBLED THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE HOUSED SINCE 20 15, NUMBER OF PEOPLE HOUSED SINCE 20 15, BUT THEY HAVE FAILED HOUSED SINCE 20 15, BUT THEY HAVE FAILED TO KEEP PACE WITH BUT THEY HAVE FAILED TO KEEP PACE WITH DEMAND. TO KEEP PACE WITH DEMAND. HAVE YOU DONE A DEMAND. HAVE YOU DONE A SELF-REVIEW OF YOUR HAVE YOU DONE A SELF-REVIEW OF YOUR ROLE IN THIS? SELF-REVIEW OF YOUR ROLE IN THIS? >> ABSOLUTELY WE DO ROLE IN THIS? >> ABSOLUTELY WE DO ALL THE TIME. >> ABSOLUTELY WE DO ALL THE TIME. >> LOOK AT LOS ANGELES ALL THE TIME. >> LOOK AT LOS ANGELES WITH THE TENTS AND THE >> LOOK AT LOS ANGELES WITH THE TENTS AND THE HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE WITH THE TENTS AND THE HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE DISGUSTING CONDITIONS. HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE DISGUSTING CONDITIONS. >> PRESIDENT TRUMP DISGUSTING CONDITIONS. >> PRESIDENT TRUMP BLAMES THIS BLUE >> PRESIDENT TRUMP BLAMES THIS BLUE STATE’S DEMOCRATIC BLAMES THIS BLUE STATE’S DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP. STATE’S DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP. HOW DO YOU REACT TO LEADERSHIP. HOW DO YOU REACT TO THAT? HOW DO YOU REACT TO THAT? >> THIS IS NOT A THAT? >> THIS IS NOT A PARTISANISH ISHSUE. >> THIS IS NOT A PARTISANISH ISHSUE. CONSERVATIVES DIDN’T PARTISANISH ISHSUE. CONSERVATIVES DIDN’T START HOMELESSNESS AND CONSERVATIVES DIDN’T START HOMELESSNESS AND CUTS EXACERBATED IT. START HOMELESSNESS AND CUTS EXACERBATED IT. >> TONIGHT, MANY LIKE CUTS EXACERBATED IT. >> TONIGHT, MANY LIKE THOMAS AND HIS KIDS >> TONIGHT, MANY LIKE THOMAS AND HIS KIDS ARE FEELING THEY HAVE THOMAS AND HIS KIDS ARE FEELING THEY HAVE BEEN LEFT BEHIND.

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  1. It's regulation of the Housing Industry that caused this mess in the first place. Rent control drives down incentive to build new housing. Whats the point of building new apartments if you lose money doing it? Existing price of housing skyrockets because Supply is restricted. That's why a single room studio costs $2k+/month in downtown L.A. It's a downward spiral caused by leftist policy.

  2. This is exactly why we the people must take back our land rights so that we ALWAYS have the right to a free share of the land that the earth gives us for free. NO other person has the right to deny us the use of land so we can be self sustaining and always have a secure land base.
    Our government employees have confiscated nearly 30% of the land of America which land mass in China would house 426,131,188 people, or 30% of their population. Our own entire population is nearly 1 million fewer than that number – so why is there no land for these people. Because our government employees say so … It is time to say to them YOU"RE FIRED! And let the civilian population create the solutions.
    The Japanese created a fireproof dome home that can be built in 3 hours using pre-formed foam. Look it up – it's cheaper than grass. https://resources.realestate.co.jp/living/dome-houses-of-japan-made-of-earthquake-resistant-styrofoam/
    We are being scammed by the staff we hire to make our lives better. Stop paying them your hard earned dollars to give us terrifyingly bad service.

  3. Videos like these scare me sober. I cannot afford to miss a day of work. Saving my money in case the landlord raises the rent.

  4. Californians wish they could change this homeless mess, but their vote does not count anymore. The California government does not want to clean up the voting records and they encourage the illegals to vote.

  5. some of it is caused gang stalking, terrorists are gang stalking innocent people are making them homeless using them as medical pigeon pigs and target practice! watch: targeted individuals _mind controlwith dr. john hall and GANG STALKING IS SATANIC. INSIDER TELLS ALL.

  6. The Democrats offer free health care,protection from criminal prosecution for any crime if your homeless or refugee,open welfare regardless of immigration status,free education, thats drawing millions of poverty level people from around the world and of course the chance to be discovered by an agent has forever drawn the poor to California, restrictions on assistance will discourage the huge droves of illegals ànd drug addicts and the just plain bums from flocking to the bossum of democratic liberal policies epicenter California

  7. California propaganda.. these are home grown California natives. New research look where California cities stand https://moneywise.com/a/people-cant-flee-these-us-cities-fast-enough

  8. This has to be said: If it was not for our feckless government of "inquiry addicts" that the American people are "forced" to fund with precious tax dollars, WE could step into our OWN streets and CLEAN THEM UP!! But, where is OUR money going? Another ridiculous inquiry by a circus of clowns that were SUPPOSED to be problem solvers as "leaders." What happened to that? The American people find themselves on street corners viewing the deterioration of our own nation, taxed to death, FOR THIS? Stop robbing OUR money for useless inquiries and DO YOUR JOB!! Or RETURN OUR MONEY SO WE CAN DO IT. Got it???

  9. Trump got you jobs but neglected to speak about the pay rates and rental housing prices…

    I'd say why don't you start everyone with a good credit score not great just good enough for housing loans or rental housing…

    And if they mess it up that's even better because they half to spend either way to keep it strong or bring it back …

    This county and world is extremely backwards and I think all those who came before us from cavemen to 80s babies are shaking their heads at this fuckd future ….

  10. Just deport all illegal aliens and voila more houses and apartments become vacant forcing the prices to go down naturally. Extra benefits: less car congestion on traffic and less crowds in schools

  11. So they cherry pick the one, sober guy who lost his job and became homeless. God forbid they focus on the real reasons for this epidemic, addiction and mental health.

  12. Here's your liberal higher taxes solution at work. The money is never re invested back into the people, it goes into the politicians wallet.

  13. Man, are you Americans unable to build homes and homeless people
    finally establishing decent social assistance for your own people without a job. , as we have in Germany.

    I also do not like open borders and asylum seekers under Merkel.

    But help for your own people.
     
    America lives so conspicuous, and there are no Protestant Christians collecting big money – actions among your billionaires start to make homeless foundations for
     Homeless soup kitchen, homeless homes too. establish. ?
    Hi?

    And citizens must convince President Trump that decent
     Social assistance for people without a job is set up. With health insurance also for homeless people with dentures ..

    Remember Jesus sees everything we do or look away. ,

    Matthew 25

    34 Then the king will say to those on his right: Come, blessed of my father, and inherit the kingdom that has been ready for you since the foundation of the world! 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me; I was thirsty, and you gave me to drink; I have been a stranger, and you have sheltered me; 36 I have been without clothes, [3] and you have clothed me; I have been ill, and you have visited me; I was trapped, and you came to me.
    37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when have we seen you hungry, and have fed you, or thirsty, and have given you to drink? 38 When did we see you as a stranger and harbored you, or without clothes, and clothed you? 39 When did we see you ill, or in prison, and came to you? 40 And the king will answer them, saying, Verily, I say to you, what you have done to one of these least of my brothers, you have done to me!

    41 Then he will also say to those on the left: Go away from me, you accursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels! 42 For I was hungry, and you did not feed me; I was thirsty, and you did not give me to drink; 43 I have been a stranger, and you have not sheltered me; without clothes, and you have not clothed me; sick and trapped, and you did not visit me!
    44 Then they too will answer him, saying, Lord, when have we seen you hungry or thirsty, or as a stranger, or without clothes, or sick or trapped, and have not served you? 45 Then he will answer them: Verily, I say to you, what you have not done to one of these least, you have not done to me!
    46 And they will go into eternal punishment,

     but the righteous into eternal life.

    Jesus sees anyone who stands by and does not at least do something or give food to the poor after his fortune.

    And many who can do together help many who are caught in the Oder.

    Greetings from Germany.

  14. This is so sad and tragic. I pray for these people. Where are the politicians and the famous/rich people that live in this state? Why aren't they assisting to be build affordable housing for these people? – makes no sense!

  15. Coming to a city near you. Who would have thought that housing costs increasing 3 fold, with no increase in real wages over the past 30 years would have caused a problem.

  16. Home rental company Airbnb says it will invest $25 million toward affordable housing and other community needs, the latest plan by tech firms to ease a housing crisis their rapid growth has helped exacerbate.

    Duh exacerbated the issue regarding affordable housing ya think, so vacationers can make people rich and leave the community out in the cold.

    Democrats this is on you, I’ve lived here for 50 years and Democrats did this!

  17. stop repeating what others are saying and look into well documentation of homelessness. republicans repeat what other republicans are saying and so are the democrats so stop and get educated and understand what the real problem is . understand that unless your the 1 percent . all of you will face this in the future. so dont be idiots and repeat and repeat. look into it and make your own decision

  18. Skid Row in the 1930's had as many as 10,000 people living there and by 1976 it was designated as a containment zone. So why are liberals to blame again?

  19. Well the laws in the state and it's cities make it a homeless drug addict's wonderland. It's no wonder why the homeless are getting shipped or moving to Cali.

  20. This is what you get when Democrats run a city for decades with their super high taxes. Let's hope they don't get the opportunity to run the U.S. in 2020 or America may look like California

  21. All Democratic states are like that. Don't worry because your leadership will raise taxes so that illegals don't end up homeless and have access to free healthcare. Keep voting Democrat.

  22. California will do what it's democratic leadership always does, tax the citizens more to help the illegal aliens.

  23. I live here and see the problem grow worse each day. The only thing sicker and sadder than the state of homelessness in this city are the reactions to it. Just take a look at most of these comments. If the city was anywhere near as liberal as the reactionaries claim it is, it would be going further in funding affordable housing, thorough, real treatment for mental illness and addiction, lowering and maintaining stable rents and combatting further gentrification. The problem is not "Leftist policies". It's greed. But God forbid you point out that sacred Cow that the right wing worships most: unbridled selfishness.

  24. It’s a Democrat and NBC their attitude way to progressive. It is a crime to leave trash in needles and 💉💩In the streets.

  25. #FakeNewsMedia again not holding the radical leftist California government. Also, why is the Father so FAT? America is a country where even homeless have so much food that they can balloon to waddle on the streets of LA

  26. The vast majority of homeless are opiod or meth addicts these people they profiled are a tiny minority of the homeless.

  27. Now this make sense, they want all immigrants coming in free then have them work for dirty cheap. They don’t care where you eat or sleeps. They want essentially slaves for the rich in California.

  28. And the Democrats concern about Mexico's problem caravans,running over there and to shelters in the U S. unbelievable, downright cruel,evil to ALL u s homeless

  29. If I didn't buy a condo back in the 80's, I would be homeless, as well. I don't make enough money to pay rent or even a mortgage payment at my old age.👌

  30. High housing costs, high taxes, water shortages, wildfires, homelessness, yet they have enough money to fund Sanctuary Cities and be a Sanctuary State to take care of the illegals.

  31. Our species is evil.
    Not good .
    Evil.
    There is insufficient evidence to assert to opposite.
    Just stating the obvious.
    Next year will be worse.
    The year after that will be worse.
    You see a pattern ( developing )
    What ? What ?
    "It's not my problem" ?
    – it very well could be within the next 5 years.
    Think.
    Critically.
    Owing a house doesn't save you from this.

  32. BABYLON IS FALLING AMERICA ELITE BANKERS AND THIS WICKED SYSTEM IS CAUSING HOMELESSNESS IN AMERICA AND THAT WILL EVENTUALLY CAUSE MUCH CHAOS THROUGHOUT AMERICA. THIS IS SO SAD THE SYSTEM REALLY DON'T CARE ABOUT THE AMERICA PEOPLE

    SHAME ON YOU

  33. Jimmy Drake for California Governor local man, husband, brother, father, union steward, and constitutionalist. A small town man with small business at heart. I will continue to fight evil and fight for the people to bring back justice to the people. Please spread the word and share.

  34. Quite high-tech,ultramodern,computerized and automated homeless tents,as it expected at the Hi-Tech capital.The homeless here seems much more ultramodern than anywhere else,just like cyborgs! Quite futuristic place.

  35. That's ironic that they played a technology commercial before this homeless video. Most people put out on the street were because of " technology "….

  36. Its economic for some. But it is drugs and mental illness for most. At least thats how it is in skid row. Im in skid row almost everyday.

  37. Democratic leaders can be the ones to blame for this, as the San Francisco based government, takes advantage of it's inside politics and caters to the people on top and unions and special interest. You can't fix something that your creating by giving free will to the 1% and there's no rent control or gasoline price control. But people keep voting for all this and it will come a time, when most of the working class will have to move on out and find affordable placed to live.

  38. These politicians are liars who are throwing people in the streets of these Cities to live due to their greed, and racism. Especially Black people, and listen up all you poor Whites you're next on the block.

  39. To lazy to work equals no rent money in the UK we work so we got money for rent or a choice of houses to buy – Yanks appear to be lazy people!

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