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An Alternative Insight into the Homeless Prevention and Intervention Programs of Los Angeles

This case study explores how the City of Los Angeles has recently seen an increase in the homeless population and the hardships that these individuals are forced to endure. The research was conducted primarily through a qualitative approach, along with secondary quantitative data available through previous case studies and data gathering. The researcher took a qualitative approach by interviewing six individuals: two individuals whom are employed at a homeless shelter and four homeless personnel. The research is broken down into three topics: 1) Individual-level; 2) Societal-level and/or impact; 3) Policy Approaches. As the interviews were being conducted it became obvious that health was a major concern. It was highly recommended that the push for local government(s) to become more engaged in their strategies by advocating for policies to decrease the number of people living on the streets. Such policies include the creation of more affordable housing, create alternative housing solutions for low-income families, and to raise an awareness of the false unfavorable stigma about homeless people being lazy and lacking motivation to name a few. Future research should focus on identifying community leaders and exploring attitudes about the existing relationship between the homeless population and the rest of the community in a way that is focused on problem solving and creating additional services for the benefit of the entire community.

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