After months of a pandemic, poverty, homelessness and suicides are on the rise in the U.S. Celebrations about a booming economy for Wall Street might evoke a sense of cognitive dissonance when taking into account the majority of the population. The gulf between those who have financially benefited from the COVID-19 lockdowns and those who have suffered has widened to new proportions.
To get a sense of the current situation many are facing, consider recent reports about communities on the outside of the “boom.”
According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, the homeless population in L.A. was 22,992 people in 2013. Seven years later, that number has increased — before evictions related to COVID-19 — by nearly 75 percent to 41,290.
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