The blog Here in Van Nuys doesn't promise to stay confined to that Valley community — "About, but not limited to, Van Nuys, CA," says blogger Andy Hurvitz. Fair enough. Last week he stopped on Tujunga Avenue in nearby North Hollywood to see what's up with a line of vans, campers and RVs parked near the Amelia Earhart regional library of the LA Public Library system. You've seen pop-up colonies like this around the city. The vehicles are clearly homes, for now.
From the blog post:
Parked along Tujunga Avenue in North Hollywood, on the east side of the park, between Magnolia and Riverside, a remarkable new residential community of homeless people has been established in a line of permanently parked RVs.
Visible and egregious, with their reflective cardboard stuffed inside windshields to cool down the metal houses in the summer sun, these faded and rusted motor homes are testament, depressing and sobering, to the high cost of housing in Los Angeles and the inability of so many to find a suitable and safe place to live.
I walked along here today and photographed some 15 vehicles where people live.
In front of one, a woman and two men were in lawn chairs, sitting in the shade. The lady asked me, in a friendly way, why I was photographing and I told her it was for my blog.
“I’m homeless. We’re all homeless,” she said.