Homelessness is a complex issue with a number of contributing factors ranging from systemic injustices to the health of the economy. In Los Angeles we face the huge challenge of the lack of affordable housing. The vacancy rate in LA is below than 3%, the lowest of all metropolitan areas in the country. When there are fewer apartments available for rent landlords charge more, making it difficult for folks who earn lower wages to afford a stable place to live. Los Angeles also suffers from a severe shortage of affordable housing and rental prices increasing faster than the average income, making it extremely difficult for many people to covering housing costs.