Homeless Woman on the Streets of Los Angeles for 15 Years.

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– [Interviewer] Jossalyn, we’re here, downtown Los Angeles, you’re
homeless, tell me about it. – Well, I’ve been homeless
for the last 15 years, I sleep any place that is safe, expect the missions because
there’s a lot of rape and danger in the missions, you get robbed, you get a lot
of things that happen to you. I can’t afford housing, the housing in Los Angeles
is way too expensive. The income I have is too small
for me to even afford a room. I get 221 on GR and food stamps, and that that’s not enough
for a place to live. It’s barely enough to get
a room for a few days, but I try to get some place
off the street when I can. If we had more affordable housing, it’s the affordability of the housing, it’s not that we don’t
have a lot of housing, its whether you can afford to live in it. With utilities and rent
and everything else, it’s just impossible for me
to afford anywhere to stay. – [Interviewer] Now, 15
years, that’s way too long for anybody to be out here. – Well I been waiting for Section 8 since 1994, and I’ve been applying and waiting on waiting
lists and getting updated, and I’m just not hearing
anything else from ’em. If I could finally get on Section 8, maybe I could afford some place to live. – [Interviewer] How do
you survive out here? – Well I dumpster dive and panhandle, and take the kindness
of strangers, you know, and hope that God will watch over me and bless me and hope that
I, you know, will be okay. – [Interviewer] It’s
gonna start getting cold, what do you do? – Well know, I try to do
a little more panhandling than normal so that I
can save to get a room at least on Friday nights, to get a room. Most of the time I sleep near the Freeway, near the 110 Freeway. They’re doing a lot of
construction over there, so it’s a lot of open grates, so it’s pretty warm there at night. I keep my blankets at a little small storage
facility for the homeless. I kinda don’t like that, because last time I got my stuff stolen out of there. So I try to just, I could go, I don’t have a home but I have family, and I try to go to family, but you know they’re struggling too. They have a lot of small
children in the house, and I have a mental illness, so it really isn’t feasible
for me to be there. But I try to do the best I can, and try to stay as safe as I can out here, and just hope. – [Interviewer] Now
you voted for Prop HHH. – I sure did. I sure did. I read the ballot, and I read the issues, and I listened to the things
that they were saying, and I’m just hoping that since it passed that it’ll go through, and that they will get us some
type of affordable housing. There are far too many
of us on the street, and there are more women
than there are men. And there’s a lot of us out
here that don’t do drugs, and are just out here because we really don’t have anywhere to live. It’s not that we don’t have family, but family can’t put you
under their roof all the time, because they are struggling
in their own selves, and their places are small and managers don’t allow so many people to stay in one place. – [Interviewer] If you had three wishes, what would they be? – Affordable housing, affordable housing, and something good to eat right about now. – [Interviewer] Well thank you
very much for talking to us. – Alright, you’re welcome. (electronic humming)


  1. i love your work and i love the people you are talking to! please keep up the good work and give a voice to the ones that normally do not get a chance to tell their stories! lots of kisses and thoughts from a german fan 🙂

  2. 15 years? Not to sound mean but she should consider moving out of southern california. There are a lot of job opportunities outside of that region that she may not be aware. In the small towns I see "help wanted" signs everywhere. I moved out of Los Angeles because it was so expensive and it was the best decision I made in a long time.

  3. She is the kind of person who should get housing…… If I was to ever win the lottery I would house every homeless person I could…. I have housed one family and the children were so sweet…. I would love to help her if I could…… Homeless people are not what a lot of people think they are…. God Bless her……

  4. pisses me off world power gives billions in aid to foreign countries leaves its own citizens unable to afford housing nothing but governmental mis use of money . throw crumbs to not starve but keep them struggling everyone housing rental costs need capped in uk and usa. nothing but greed. give me money ill put afforable housing around the globe stops this gov greed, landlord greed.

  5. Stories like Jassalyn's keep me humble and grateful. They help me remember that I'm just lucky to have food and shelter; it's not because I am better or work harder than those who don't have food and shelter.

  6. Jossalyn I pray God looks after you an looks after you while you sleep. Its so sad that you hear the shelters are so bad to stay in. You would think there safe. Thank you Jossalyn for sharing your story love..

  7. Lived out there for 13 years if it hadn't been for my mom I would have been homeless too that damn City needs to lower their rents it's ridiculous yes it's a beautiful state but people are fleeing out of there because of high rents and the crazy politics I am so sick of that town robbing people for the rents that they do and the cost of living. It's a beautiful state but not worth all this BS

  8. The employed can barely afford tho live in LA. The mentally ill don’t stand a chance. They have to create institutional housing. This poor woman needs a system of support, safety, and nutrition. We have to care for the mentally ill.

  9. It is outrageous that this most 'successful' country in the world can't/won't house the vulnerable affordably.

  10. Go to another State….15 yrs being Homeless in LA is Ridiculous… it's alot of Cheaper State…But she says she Mentally ILL… so that explains her Situation…

  11. LA is a disaster for the homeless! It is horrible for those with mental health issues! I don’t care what anyone says I believe most people that are homeless are mentally ill and they are in a situation that they simply don’t know how to fix. If they knew better they would do better.
    They would certainly not be in LA of all places!!!! They should be taken out of LA and put somewhere nice and warm with free (not affordable) housing.

  12. She did your interview and she told you her last wish was something to eat because she was hungry. You couldn't even get her something to eat?? 🤔

  13. But the CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIENS get housing ASAP. People, stop voting democrat!!!!! The democrats’ only goal is to create chaos in society. They hate black people in particular. VOTE CONSERVATIVE. VOTE REPUBLICAN!!!!

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