June Cigar tells us the story of her own brush with homelessness, then LaRae and Molly interview Monique King-Viehland about how racism in America has fueled homelessness and how LA might start to address the disproportionate impact of homelessness on black Americans. We close with a poem by Michael Nelder.
Monika Wood tells us how she was pushed from her home by rising rents, found refuge in a safe parking program while living in her car, and then got herself back on her feet and into her own place with the help of a rapid rehousing program.
Then Molly interviews Christina Livingston about how the financialization of housing has driven rising rents and the connection between the housing crisis and homelessness crisis.
We close with an impromptu rendition of "A Change is Going to Come" sung by James B., DJ of our January 9th Housing Justice Summit, who formerly lived on the streets of Downtown LA, mere blocks from where the event was held.
Lydia Garcia tells us how her life began to fall apart after the death of her husband. After turning to drugs and losing her home, she found solace at the library, studying the religions and customs of her native culture while living outdoors in a park. A run in with a concerned case worker would eventually set her on the road back to having a place to call home.
Then Molly and LaRae interview Ananya Roy, Professor and Meyer and Renee Luskin Chair in Inequality and Democracy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, about poor peoples' movements, the financialization of housing, policy problems exacerbating California's housing crisis, the invention of foreclosure as a tool to confiscate native lands, and what responses in other countries to similar crises can teach us--including that of her own native Kolkata, India.
We close with a poem called "City Indians" by local Tongva artist and activist Kelly Caballero.
The video originally accompanying the poem can be found here: https://thehundreds.com/blogs/content/tongva-land-forever-the-true-first-citizens-of-los-angeles
We begin our episode with the journey of Anthony Haynes, from a normal childhood in Carson, to running away from home. Eventually he finds himself living on Skid Row, later finding housing and beginning a career as a peer advocate at Skid Row Housing Trust, helping orient the newly housed.
Next, Molly and Larae interview Chris Ko, Managing Director, Homelessness & Strategic Initiatives at United Way of Greater Los Angeles, to learn what is currently being done to ameliorate LA's housing crisis.
Finally, we close with Larae's poem, "Mourning of Tears."