There are more than 600,000 people in Los Angeles suffering from the burden of home rent. According to the report of Los Angeles homeless service authority, more than 8000 people became homeless in 2017 alone. Jimmy Mejia and wife Patty Garrido are on the verge of getting evicted from their apartment in South Los Angeles with their four children. They both work and have to spend $1600 as the monthly rent for their three-bedroom apartment.
In 2017, the building was sold and the tenants were asked to leave. The family had been searching for a new house, but was not able to find one that suits their pocket. Tracy Rosenthal of the Los Angeles Tenants Union said that the inequality is so high since the gilded age that finding housing is difficult for low-income people.
Rosenthal added that the government should intervene so that people with full-time employment are not thrown into the streets. According to a recent study, for every 5% increase in the house rent in Los Angeles, more than 20,000 people become homeless. The city cannot implement rent control as state laws don’t allow it.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said that the city needs to have more housing units for people belonging to all income levels.