Photographed and Written by Joshua Zamudio (@josh.tsm)On April 20th, 2020, Mayor Garcetti announced that the city of Los Angeles will be dispatching "Street Medical Teams" to various homeless encampments throughout the county.
As I drove to the office yesterday morning, I noticed a huge roadblock spanning several blocks on 6th Street.
I walked around the area where the Los Angeles Fire Department was conducting Covid-19 tests with the community. I didn't manage to see many from the community taking the test. I stood around for half an hour before continuing to walk and photograph the area. I ran into a friend on the corner of 6th St & Gladys Ave. Ray used to live on the streets of Skidrow. When I asked him how he has been, he replied "Man, I'm just glad to be able to be here and help out. That's all we need, just a little bit of help."
From receiving assistance from L.A CAN years ago, to now working as a staff member, Ray has been out on the streets of Skidrow. He provides a little bit of support in supplying towels and being of service to the neighborhood so that everyone can stay sanitary during these times. Members of the SkidRow Housing Corp - Sanitation crew have been out on the frontlines between Covid-19 and the homeless population from Day 1. Since the city has discontinued public sanitation, this group of individuals have been performing their duties trying to maintain the disposal of trash around the neighborhood.
To everyone being of services during this difficult and unprecedented time, I salute you all for your resilience, tenacity, and bravery to do your duty.