Homelessness in San Gabriel Valley


Fabiola Ortega

Currently in San Gabriel Valley, homelessness has increased over the years and lately, has become a big issue.

Homelessness has increased 12% over the past year in all parts of Los Angeles county but according to the SGV Tribune, homelessness is up 24% in the San Gabriel Valley.

In San Gabriel Valley, the count rose to 4,479 from the 3,605 in 2018.

In Pasadena, the percent of homelessness has decreased 20% in comparison to the count in 2018.

How can the percent of homelessness decrease in San Gabriel Valley? According to Ruby Avila, she said, “The government should put money to use in a more reasonable way like building homeless shelters, providing food for the homeless, and offering more opportunities to jobs instead of wasting money on things like renovating infrastructures that aren’t run down.”

Do you think it is a fire danger having homeless encampments in the area? Ashley Martinez said, “No, but it could be if they don’t put out the fires correctly.”

A few weeks ago, there was a brush fire that occurred. It burned at least 12 acres in the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area. Nearby homeless had to be evacuated from their encampments because it was dangerous. Once the firefighters got there by the afternoon, the fire had grown 12 acres.

Does the government have the right to kick the homeless people out of there encampments sites? Martinez said “No, because they will have no place to go and it’s just the same problem all over again.”

Governor Gavin Newsom was called on to declare a state of emergency for the homeless situation in California.

What are some options for homeless people that are being evacuated from their encampments? Ruby Avila said, “They could try to temporarily go to homeless shelters and try to get back on their feet.”

All in all, homelessness has never been his bad. The homeless situation in California has gotten worse each year and although millions of dollars have been put into homeless shelters, the situation hasn’t seemed to change over the years. Look for new resolutions and solutions as each city addresses their own part of the problem