Arrests of homeless people in the central Los Angeles region has increased from 1,763 in 2017 to an average of 2,615 over the past two years. Despite communities around the state funneling endless amounts of money into services for the homless, the number of homeless residents jumped 42-50 percent over the past two years.
On a night near the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a woman was getting into her car when a homeless man sprinted toward her, dragged her into the middle of the stress and dumped a steaming bucket of hot liquid over her head. The victim’s described the event as follows:
It was diarrhea. Hot liquid. I was soacked, and it was coming off my eyelashes and into my eyes.
– Heidi Van Tassel, Diarrhea Victim
Ms. Van Tassel said the event was extremely traumatic but does not believe the man who attacked her needed any jail time. She says that he needs mental health care and that she has empathy for him because he needs help.
City officials and others looking into the matter agree with Ms. Van Tassel and believe the root of the rise in arrests of homeless people are due to these individuals struggling with mental illnesses or substance abuse issues. What if there were some sort of facility that specialized in providing care to those struggling with the aforementioned issues? Would the crisis be resolved?