The United States has its own homelessness crisis. And, as in New Zealand, it is largely the result of a lack of affordable housing. As the gap between income and housing costs continues to grow, more and more people are facing homelessness. On any given night in the United States is it estimated that more than half a million people are sleeping rough.
In this new episode of The Empire Files, Abby Martin talks
with Nithya Raman, progressive candidate for the Los Angeles City Council in District 4, about her campaign to end homelessness in the nation's epicentre and how local politicians refuse to take easy actions to eradicate the problem – because it would threaten the interests of big real estate developers.