Episode 106 – Walang Bahay: Perspectives on Homelessness and Poverty with Andrew Gutierrez III from Safe Place for Youth
Homelessness is an issue that affects us all, but it’s especially felt in TFAL’s home base of Los Angeles. Last year, thanks to a mix of housing unafforadability, stagnant wages, and the effects of past and present systemic inequities, on any given night, nearly 59,000 people in Los Angeles did not have a permanent place to sleep.
And while some consider Los Angeles to be the “capital of homelessness”, its an issue that is felt even more significantly in the Philippines, where it’s estimated that 4.5 million people are homeless, 3 million of which are in Manila alone.
But how do we as Filipinos connect with this issue? Is it a topic of discussion in our communities and families? Are there homeless Filipino Americans? How do we contend with poverty, inequity, and economic crisis, both here and in the motherland, and what can we do to solve these issues?