If anyone reads this blog, you would know that I expose the nooks and crannies of things more easily than some. Los Angeles and California cities in general, however, are becoming less and less able to accommodate elders and disabled people. This uncaring mentality is what led to the death of a friend. People, if you want to start caring about humanity, start by doing so for the least of your family members, those with disabilities who don’t qualify for housing and jobs. Katelyn Reichert, who died as a result of uncaring societal issues and a seizure, and Skid Row, and who knew what else, is a good example of someone who cared about others before herself. I deeply cared and wish I could have helped in a way so she wouldn’t have to live in an assistive nursing care facility that would allow people to abuse her. Disabled people need community independent living arrangements. Support and case management aside, all people should be given housing so that homelessness and other problems don’t force said persons into abusive living conditions. Katy might have benefited from living in a place that has high bars set for inspection records, abuse aside, but the abuse rate at said locations should be null. Zero. Nothing. Katy doesn’t deserve, or did not deserve abuse.
California, if you should ever wish to have an example of why you and your people should start caring, start with Katelyn N. Reichert. Start with her, and others like her who died or could die if not given proper housing and given what they need. No waiting lists, please. Governor, please do something about this.