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New Gallup Survey Finds Half of Los Angeles Area Residents Have Taken in a Near-Homeless Person, One-Third Fear Homelessness Themselves
Date:11/14/2007

Strong Majority View Lack of Affordable Housing as a Major Cause

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- A new Gallup survey released today reveals that homelessness is no longer an isolated phenomenon relegated only to the poorer quarters of Los Angeles. In fact, according to the survey released this morning by the Fannie Mae Foundation and United Way of Greater Los Angeles, half of people in Los Angeles said that they had taken in a friend or relative who would have otherwise become homeless. One third of Los Angeles residents who responded to the survey say there has been a time that they personally were worried that they may not have a place to live. In Los Angeles, fear of homelessness is greater than in the country as a whole -- 28% of Americans indicate they were at one point concerned that they may not have a place to live.

More than nine in ten Los Angeles area residents (92%) believe more effort is needed across the nation to address the issue of homelessness, and 72% of people polled in Los Angeles agree that many homeless people could get back on their feet and become self-sufficient if only they could receive proper housing.

The high cost of living in Los Angeles causes people to be concerned that they or their families may become homeless. Almost half (48%) of people in Los Angeles worry that medical expenses could cause them to become homeless, followed by a job loss, unemployment or insufficient income (42%) and the price of housing (41%) as causes of concern.

While homelessness is a problem that businesses, communities and individuals can make an impact in mitigating, the role of government in making an impact is perhaps most crucial. In fact, 51% of people in Los Angeles surveyed felt that the city or local government should take a major supporting role in finding a way to reduce homelessness, while a quarter said that the city should take the lead role. Among the cities polled, Los Angeles residents are the most skep
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