Within the South Los Angeles area, Leimert Park is a 1.19-square-mile neighborhood in Los Angeles, California. Developed by and named after Walter H. Leimert it was one of the first comprehensively planned communities in Southern California designed for upper and middle-class families and was considered a model of urban planning. In the 1960 Leimert Park emerged as a center for contemporary African-American culture and remains so today. Though surrounded by art and culture, on any given day you will also find a population of homeless residing in the park. Los Angeles County’s homeless population rose 15% from 2011 to 2013 according to a Los Angeles Times article.
According to the Institute for the Study of Homelessness and Poverty at the Weingart Center, it is estimated that 254,000, men, women and children experience homelessness in Los Angeles County and approximately 82,000.00 people are homeless on any given night.
Though the issue of homelessness is widespread throughout the county, the report states that the largest percentage of homelessness is in the South Los Angeles and Metro Los Angeles areas. Most are from the Los Angeles area and stay in or near the communities from which they came, and African Americans make up approximately half of the Los Angeles County homeless population.
“I’ve been homeless for 20 years. For the last 14 years on and off, Leimert Park is the place I call home,” says Estea.
Reposted from January 12, 2014