SERIES – On Skid Row: Part Five, Afterword

PART 5 OF 5 (With follow-ups to come) For full series, click here.skidrow

I’d like to thank everyone who’s made such a point to tell me that by watching this film series, their perceptions of homelessness in Los Angeles has really been altered. Over and over again I’ve heard: “Seeing the series made me want to help. I just don’t know how.” The films affected me the same way, which is why I chose to embed them.

I’m currently in contact with Sam Slovick and we’re trying to brainstorm ideas for how we can harness the collective power of our huge HiddenLA audience to make a difference and help get some of these parents and children off of our streets. Please keep an eye out, because as soon as we come up with a good gameplan for what would truly help the situation, we’ll be announcing it.


Los Angeles’ homeless community isn’t exactly hidden, yet poverty is a particularly easy issue to ignore as we go about our busy days, driving through the city streets at high speeds worrying about our own problems. I hope you’ll stop and take a minute to watch these short films from 2008. Especially in this economy, there but by the grace of God go us all.

Journalist Sam Slovick posted a comment for us after we featured part one on HiddenLA:

“Thanks for posting my skid row doc series. Sadly not a lot has changed since I made it. I’m about to shoot another as a companion piece to a story for the launch of the new SLAKE magazine. This one will consider home as an internal condition, as apposed to a geography through the lens of some decidedly disenfranchised people who have found themselves fallen deep between the cracks on skid row in L.A.”

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DESCRIPTION: Part 5: For over 20 years the official policy for Skid Row has been one of containment. Los Angeles needs a catalytic action from its political leadership and it’s not getting it. People ask “what can I do?” Anything.
Alongside Skid Row’s hustlers, transients, and cops are a lesser known population of children, social servants and religious workers whose daily lives play out on LA’s most dangerous city blocks.

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5 Responses to “SERIES – On Skid Row: Part Five, Afterword”

  1. MT says:

    If I were homeless in L.A. Skid Row would be the LAST place I’d want to go….Pacific Palisades is much easier to be homeless in

  2. Sheri says:

    3 yrs, 7 shelters, multiple roach ridden hotels, every homeless agency in LA with two daughters 5 & 7 yrs old, a 71 superbeetle (that eventually died) & and only the clothes that fit in the trunk & later in trash bags or backpacks.
    A home finally found The kids are 17 & 19 , graduation a few months away, doin great, but their Mom still has nightmares where she homeless, searching effortlessly for a new home until it seem almost hopeless & suddenly remembers she already got a hom & awakens..That dream drives me nuts….
    Weingart, LA family housing, Gramercy, Good Shepard, all help, but they tend to hold back info, learning to be resourceful is so important & there are so many resources out there they dont mention.(Para Los Ninos was an exception)Its a fight to have the biggest quota. (some of them hated me because I would help others find the resources they needed, that sometimes meant using other agencies)
    City of Angeles Independant Study has sites all over LA, kindergarten through 12. Kids spend an hour with the teacher getting teir assignment & turn their work in every 2 weeks or so, can even fax or email it if they cant get in. They work with you..Wonderful teachers too…They can go in a get help anytime they need it.The offices are open every day 8m to 3pm.They even give the kids bus tokens to get to and from.

  3. Chris Blackman says:

    Thank you Sam for this series. My wife and I too live downtown in a nice loft, a block away from people sleeping in streets in cardboard boxes, and it breaks my heart. We are regular volunteers at the Downtown Womens Center, and have found so much love and so much joy in builindg relationships with the women at the center. Every one of them has a story to tell, and every one of them are precious. We love these awesome ladies and feel humbled and blessed to be in their presence.
    I challenge your viewers to take the first step – call a mission downtown and ask what you can do. There are so many needs, and so few hands, and so many people that just need someone to listen to them. I am proud to have the ladies at the DWC as my friends. My life would not be the same without them. I hope you can find the joy that we have in taking a step, which might be a little scary at first, and realizing that these people are no different than you and I – they just may have different struggles than we face, but we all share the same dreams, hopes and desires.

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