Unhoused: A Look At Homelessness in LA and Orange Counties


Photo: Mark Mennie

In this 2-hour special we look back at the events in Echo Park Lake where a 200-tent homeless encampment was evicted from the residential park near downtown Los Angeles; we gain insight from a police officer who has walked the Skid Row beat for more than 20 years; we talk with the homeless on Venice Beach.

We also get access to the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Homeless Outreach Services Team (HOST). We see firsthand how deputies interact with the homeless on Venice Beach.

KFI’s Corbin Carson files a status report from Orange County and seeks to answer the question, “How do we solve the homeless situation?”

We also highlight some success stories from people who have been helped by the Los Angeles Mission and Midnight Mission.

Pictures from Venice Beach were taken by Steve Gregory’s official field shooter, Mark Mennie (@markmennie). Mark’s been shadowing Steve for more than 15 years and has captured Steve at work along the US/Mexico Border, on the Red Carpet at the Academy Awards, rappelling down the side of a 4-story building, and on the Streets of Los Angeles.

Unhoused is a production of the KFI News Department iHeartMedia Los Angeles, produced by Steve Gregory and Jacob Gonzalez.

Venice BeachPhoto: Mark Mennie

Photo: Mark Mennie

Steve with Lt. Deedrick from the LA County Sheriff's DepartmentPhoto: Mark Mennie

Steve speaking with Kai, a 23-year-old from Tokyo, Japan who slept in a sleeping bag for three weeks on Venice Beach Photo: Mark Mennie

Ron Hooks from West Coast Care Photo: Mark Mennie

Photo: Mark Mennie

Los Angeles Police Department Photo: Mark Mennie

Steve speaking with Lt. Deedrick from the LA County Sheriff's Department Photo: Mark Mennie

Steve talking with Brandon on how he traveled from Arkansas to Venice Beach Photo: Mark Mennie

Brandon from Arkansas Photo: Mark Mennie

Photo: Mark Mennie

Steve talking with Tariq Ali who works as a security guard for a skateboard shop in Venice Photo: Mark Mennie

Photo: Mark Mennie

Tariq lost a finger after a run in with a drunk homeless man carrying a broken bottle Photo: Mark Mennie

Photo: Mark Mennie

Photo: Mark Mennie

Steve talking with two deputies from LA County Sheriff's Department Photo: Mark Mennie

Photo: Mark Mennie

Photo: Mark Mennie

Photo: Mark Mennie

Photo: Mark Mennie

Photo: Mark Mennie

Homeless Services Team Identification Card Photo: Mark Mennie

Homeless Outreach Services Team's demographic map of tents on Venice Beach

For more information on HOST's data collected on Venice Beach, click the link below.

Homeless camps in Echo Park Photo: Steve Gregory

Photo: Steve Gregory

Homeless camp kitchen area Photo: Steve Gregory

Homeless camp garden Photo: Steve Gregory

Homeless camp lounge area Photo: Steve Gregory

Valerie from Echo Park Photo: Steve Gregory

Valerie's husband Henry Photo: Steve Gregory

Los Angeles City sanitation workers Photo: Steve Gregory

Photo: Steve Gregory

Links to programs and organizations on housing options for the homeless:

LASHA

West Coast Care

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