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Faces of homeless people in Los Angeles.. | Photos: David Blumenkrantz Faces of homeless people in Los Angeles. | Photos: David Blumenkrantz

California State University, Northridge journalism professor David Blumenkrantz documents the stories of the homeless of Los Angeles in an art exhibition titled “Street Scenes: Making the Homeless Count,” on display at the San Fernando Valley Arts and Cultural Center in Tarzana through Jan. 27.

Los Angeles County and the city of Los Angeles share the largest homeless population in the United States of America. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reported in 2017 that both the city and county experienced a 26 percent increase in homeless residents.

“It is now estimated that on any given night there are as many as 82,000 people experiencing homelessness within the city limits,” Blumenkrantz said. “The goal is to help ‘change the conversation’ about homelessness by allowing people afflicted by this condition to present themselves with dignity and to give voice to the many challenges their lives present.”

Using his more than 20 years of experience as an educator and advocate on behalf of marginalized populations, the CSUN alumnus is extending his expertise as a documentary photographer beyond the classroom and into the community through a grant provided by the university’s research and grants committee, enhancing both the public’s education and awareness of this humanitarian crisis.

“During the course of this project I visited and conducted interviews and portrait sessions at several organizations, including MEND Poverty in San Fernando, North Valley Caring Services in North Hills and St. Charles Borromeo Church in North Hollywood,” Blumenkrantz said.

“This work was made possible in large part by a Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (RSCA) grant from the university, allowing me to continue my work both as an independent artist and as an educator, documenting and advocating on behalf of the homeless,” he said.

The SFVACC created the art exhibit last year in conjunction with the annual homeless count, recognizing the homeless population in the San Fernando Valley. This year is the center’s second annual exhibit with photography and art that depict people on the streets along with their stories. The art display is free and open to the public.

Collection bins for new or used clothing which will be donated to Hope of the Valley Mission and the Green Bag Project are set up at the exhibit.

For more information, visit www.sfvacc.org. More photographs by Blumenkrantz may also be viewed online at www.david-blumenkrantz.squarespace.com.

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