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The Tattooed Soldier

Héctor Tobar                                                                                                         

a Picture of Homelessness in Los Angeles  


“Frank’s shelter was on a choice piece of real estate where the little plateau of Crown Hill dropped off sharply, providing a panoramic view of the Harbor Freeway, the Financial District, and City Hall, a stubby white stone building dwarfed by towers of glass and steel. Frank and his companions had set up an old couch on the edge of the cliff to take in the view. Frank was sitting there now, leaning back and stretching his legs, like a suburbanite entertaining a guest in his living room.” (p. 45)

Critical Thinking and Discussion Questions

  • Why are there so many violent crimes against the homeless, who are already vulnerable?
  • How can homelessness be addressed with compassion and practicality?
Home          Books           Videos / DVDs           Web Resources


Abbarno, G. John M. (1999). The ethics of homelessness: philosophical perspectives. Amsterdam: Rodopi. HV4493 .E84 1999

Arnold, Kathleen. (2004). Homelessness, citizenship, and identity: the uncanniness of late modernity. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press. HV4493 .A76 2004

Falvo, Alfredo. (2006). Lost angeles: a photographic impression of Skid Row, Los Angeles. Antwerp: Stockmans. TR820.5.F26 2006

Lopez, Steve. (2008). The soloist: a lost dream, an unlikely friendship, and the redemptive power of music. New York: PutnamÂ’s. ML418.A96 L66 2008

Marvasti, Amir B. (2003). Being homeless: textual and narrative constructions. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. V4493 .M37 2003

Passaro, Joanne. (1996). The unequal homeless: men on the streets, women in their place. New York: Routledge. HV4506.N6 P37 1996

Quigley, John, Steven Raphael, and Eugene Smolensky. (2001). Homelessness in California. San Francisco: Public Policy Institute of California. HV4506.C2 H68 2001 

Ruddick, Susan. (1996). Young and homeless in Hollywood: mapping social identities. New York: Routledge. HV4506.L67 R83 1996 

Steinberg, James B. (Ed.). (1992). Urban America: policy choices for Los Angeles and the nation. Santa Monica, CA: Rand. HT168.L6 U72 1992

Underwood, Jackson. (1993). The bridge people: daily life in a camp of the homeless. Lanham, MD: University Press of America. HV4506.L67 U53 1993

Videos / DVDs
Available at the Library Media Center, Library North 3rd Fl.

Sunshine-smile: a true story. FLIC85390
Ronald "Sunshine" Price is a mentally ill homeless man living part-time at Cal State, Los Angeles. Interviews are done with his family, and students and faculty who have interacted with him.

Web Resources

Bring LA Home. Homeless in Los Angeles.

Fleming, Daniel,  Patrick Burns, and Brent Haydamack. Homeless in LA: final research report.

Institute for the Study of Homelessness and Poverty at the Weingart Center. Homelessness in Los Angeles: a summary of recent research.

Inter-University Consortium Against Homelessness. Ending homelessness in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. 2007 Greater Los Angeles homeless count.

Martinez, Joseph and Bill Pitkin. Homelessness in Los Angeles County. Los Angeles: Center for Community Research and Solutions.

National Alliance to End Homelessness.

National Coalition for the Homeless.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Homes and communities: homeless.



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