FROM Peter Lynn
The Homeless and Section 8 Housing in L.A. Los Angeles has more people living on the streets than any other city in the nation—more than 26,000. City leaders have declared a state of emergency and they want to spend $100 million fixing the homeless problem. One thing is for sure: Section 8 housing will be a part of whatever plan is proposed. Section 8 is a federal program that subsidizes rental housing. Last year, it accounted for nearly half a billion dollars in the city of Los Angeles alone.
A Shameful Problem that's Getting Worse For decades, local officials have promised to end homelessness, but the number — in shelters, on the streets and in alleys -- continues to rise. In the past two years, they're up by 12% in Los Angeles County to more than 44,000 people -- men, women and children. That's according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority , or LAHSA, an agency jointly established by the City and County, which has just completed its latest survey.
Housing Homeless Veterans If you’ve sensed lately that there are more homeless people on the streets -- living in tents under freeway overpasses, begging on street corners and sleeping in their cars -- than in past years, sadly, you’re right. Official numbers say homelessness increased by 12 percent in L.A. County over the past two years, to nearly 42,000. Many of them are veterans. Mayor Eric Garcetti has promised to give homeless veterans in the city a place to live by the end of the year. But how much of a dent will that make in the bigger problem, and how is it being accomplished?
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."