December 26, 2015 - In September, Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti allocated an additional $13 million dollars in city funds to expand subsidies for homeless people. And in November the L.A. City Council declared a “shelter crisis” which provides expanded access to temporary shelters as the weather gets colder and with the onset of the rainy ‘el-Niño’ season.
JOHN CARLOS FREY: 57-year old Lendell Seay proudly shows off his tidy one bedroom apartment, which overlooks the 5 Freeway in East Los Angeles. The unit’s bathroom is so big he keeps his bike in it, and there’s plenty of room for his collection of hats, many of which tout his military service.
LENDELL SEAY: My primary job was in motor T, transportation
JOHN CARLOS FREY: Seay served in the marines for more than 21 years, including Desert Storm in Iraq, before retiring in 1998. But despite his successful military career, after his fiancé passed away from a stroke in 2004, Seay found himself in a downward spiral.
LYNDELL SEAY: And– that’s when the drinkin’ and everything really, really kicked in. read more>>>
December 13, 2015 - Like many cities with temperate climates, Sarasota, Florida, is struggling with a growing homeless population. A lawsuit against the city argues that the issuance of citations for sleeping outside while there's a lack of resources available has criminalized homelessness. Meanwhile the City of Sarasota says it’s working hard to help homeless residents. Special Correspondent Karla Murthy reports. read transcript>>>
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