LA Residents By The Thousands Live In Motels, Vehicles, Shelters, Shared Homes And Even Garages
You don’t see sprawling tent villages on the streets around Telfair, and there’s little of the squalor so starkly evident on skid row and elsewhere. Instead, poverty is hidden in the fabric of the suburban design. In a series, Los Angeles Times investigates the toll the housing crisis is taking on families who live there.
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Whether Home Is A Van, A Motel Or A Garage, L.A.'s Suburban Poor Children Learn To Survive
In my day, a few families converted their garages into what were called rumpus rooms, but I don’t recall anyone renting out garages as mini-apartments. Such conversions have been happening in Los Angeles for at least a few decades, but teachers at Telfair who grew up in the neighborhood say living in garages is more common now. If the statistics are accurate, about 60 of Telfair’s more than 700 students went to sleep in garages last year. (Lopez, 11/27)
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In the wake of the massive sex abuse scandal involving former USC gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall, the school formed committees and task forces to figure out how to prevent something similar from happening in the future. But that initial effort didn't include students. This semester, a group of students set out to change that. (Guzman-Lopez, 11/26)