Union Rescue Mission was glad to read the latest article from Andrew Blankstein and Cara Mia DiMassa of the Los Angeles Times about the decrease in deaths on skid row.
The number of people who died on downtown L.A.’s skid row has declined by 36% in the last four years, according to city records, the latest sign of major changes on what for decades has been the city’s epicenter of homelessness and drug-dealing.
Excluding murders and suicides, 60 people died in the skid row area in 2008, according to Los Angeles Police Department statistics. In 2005, there were 94 such deaths.
60 deaths is still far too many, 1 is too many, and we won’t slow down our efforts until the day when no deaths are reported and we live up to our title as the City of Angels with no human being having to live on the mean streets and sidewalks of Skid Row.
At Union Rescue Mission we have taken several steps to assist in this effort. During the summer heat in LA we deliver over 1500 bottles of cold water each day that the temperatures rise to 85 degrees or higher. You can see a documented case on video of a man whose life was saved through URM’s efforts by watching the video below. URM has also played a major role in slowing the dumping, or improper dropoffs of patients on Skid Row by area hospitals. We’ve worked hard to make URM more welcoming and added 210 beds to help move people from the streets and supported the Los Angles Police Department with their Safer Cities Initiative.
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