The Venice Beach People Don’t See: Homelessness in the Rain!

Featured Video Play Icon

Imagine your only choice for housing is a tent and the rain starts coming down nonstop for days. The public falsely believes homeless people like to be homeless that they are living homeless by choice. No refrigeration to preserve food, no wifi for Netflix, no bathrooms, and no escape from the bad weather. There are no days off, no vacation days, there is no personal leave – every single day homeless people have to fight just to survive. In rainy or snowy weather, homelessness goes from worse to beyond horrible.

I have made several good friends who live on the Venice Beach Boardwalk. They are good people; they just happen to be homeless. It breaks my heart thinking about what they have to endure when the weather is like is – cold and wet.

People are dying homeless. The other night my friend CJ’s friend died in her tent. I can’t even imagine what it must be like to be living in a tent when a person sleeping next to you passes away. According to Los Angeles County Coroner records, more than 1,200 homeless people have died since 2017.

In this video, I attempt to give you a little glimpse of what homelessness is like in the rain. The reality is I can stand outside with a camera, but it’s impossible to transmit the emotional trauma homeless people experience living outside in the elements without any real support! The last homeless count reports that around 850 people are without homeless in Venice, California. At best, the number is a good guess. The reality is there are far more people experiencing homelessness that are not counted.

We know how to end homelessness. We have known for years how to end homelessness. We just need the public support to do it. I any city in America, there is not enough housing and there is not enough support to help all of the people who are in desperate need. WE MUST CHANGE THAT!

This week the rain in Venice Beach, California reminded me of the time about nine years ago when I stood in front of a Los Angeles Winter Shelter in the pouring rain and recorded a video asking LAHSA’s leadership why they were kicking homeless seniors and homeless people with disabilities out into the monsoon weather.

A CBS news reporter told me that the video went all the way to Governor Schwarzenegger who opened the National Guard Armories during the day. These days, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority is far more proactive in opening the homeless shelters in bad weather.


Invisible People

           

We imagine a world where everyone has a place to call home. Until then, we strive to be the most trusted source for homelessness news, education and advocacy.

Related Topics



Your support can create amazing change

Join the campaign to end homelessness by supporting the only newsroom focused solely on the topic of homelessness. Our original reporting — posted five to seven days a week — can also be found on Apple News and Google News. Through storytelling, education, news, and advocacy, we are changing the narrative on homelessness.

Invisible People is a nonprofit organization. We rely on the support of friends like you — people who understand that well-written, carefully researched stories can change minds about this issue. And that’s what leads to true transformation and policy change. Our writers have their fingers on the pulse of homeless communities. Many are formerly or currently homeless themselves. They are the real experts, passionate about ending homelessness. Your support helps us tell the true story of this crisis and solutions that will end it. Your donations help make history by telling the real story of homelessness to inspire tangible actions to end it.

Your donation, big or small, will help bring real change.

DONATE NOW



Get the Invisible People newsletter


RECENT STORIES

Homeless Man on the Streets of NYC after His Wife Died

Richard

Young Homeless Woman Living in RV in Seattle

Lux

Homeless Woman Sleeps next to the Street to Avoid Arrest

Nicole

homeless man in austin

Martin


RECENT ARTICLES

homelessness

The Little Things that Make Homelessness Hard

tiny home village for homeless people

Despite Mixed Reviews, Tiny Home Villages for Homeless People Are Growing

unaffordable housing and ban on roommates

Shawnee, Kansas Bans Roommates, Making Housing Even More Out of Reach

Poverty and homelessness in Hawaii

A Look at Poverty and Homelessness in Native and Indigenous Communities

Get the Invisible People newsletter