Los Angeles became the first city to declare homelessness a public emergency on Tuesday. Although cities across the country struggle with this problem, LA decided they needed to do more. The problem in Los Angeles is the lack of shelters for the homeless compared to other cities where more shelters are provided. The official estimate of people living in the streets is 26,000 compared to the 3,000 unsheltered in New York City . The mayor and city council have decided to pledge $100 million in the next year on housing and other services.
This is an important and relevant article that address a big issue in this country that has been ignored for too long. The article specifically focuses on Los Angeles, but most American cities can relate with the issue in one way or another. They did a good job of incorporating both the Los Angeles Mayor and the New York Mayor and comparing their different situations. The lead sentence was okay. If it was me I would have stated the public emergency earlier in the lead to address the issue and draw people in.