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  • Rodrigo Mejia

    "The world's largest mental hospital is a jail." -- Mitch Artman talking about Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles.

    Sadly, Skid Row has become a place where the mentally ill are left without resources. Unemployable, many are on general relief assistance from the county, which only ensures funds for 9 months of the year and hasn't been adjusted since the 1980s. According to Artman, that means cycling in and out of jail, where residents of Skid Row finally receive the basic mental health services they sorely need.

    Thank you for sharing. Skid Row is a place where people live and work. It's not just a place where people are swept into after a turn in fortune or a chain of poor decisions. It's a community, like any other belonging to Los Angeles. It's in the interest Los Angeles residents to understand that there are solvable problems in Skid Row and many working to secure its future.

    To see one example of an organization at work, check out this plan from Skid Row Housing Trust to "create a community-driven housing and neighborhood development plan that prioritizes people and place-making."