This photo-documentation is focused on housing conditions for low-income families living in the LA Promise Zone – but similar housing conditions can be found throughout the United States, in both urban and rural areas.
The images of substandard rental units in the City of Los Angeles represent shared housing, poor housing conditions, and overcrowding. The majority of the units portrayed are small studio apartments, with rents ranging between $750 – $1,200 per month. Rental units are often infested with cockroaches, bedbugs, rats, fleas, termites, and other pests. Mold can be seen on ceilings and walls of bathrooms – and other environmental dangers to children are visible.
Many homeless families share small, overcrowded and deteriorating rooms with relatives and friends, with no way out because they do not meet HUD’s definition of family homelessness. However, shared housing in which a family does not hold the lease continues to be a strong predictor of future homelessness.