I began documenting the community of Skid Row in Los Angeles, California, in 2014. At that time, I could not understand why in one of the wealthiest cities in America, thousands found themselves living on the streets of the city of angels. Through my volunteer work with non-profits, I have been able to get to know the people of this community, share their stories, and understand the political side of this catastrophe in our society.
As I continue this project, my goal is still the same as it was six years ago: to shine a light on an extraordinary issue that we have become numb to and bring awareness to a humanitarian crisis in Los Angeles that our local government has been ignoring for decades. There is a lot we can do and a lot that needs to be done.
AS OF JANUARY 2020, ACCORDING TO THE LAHSA HOMELESS COUNT, THERE ARE 66,436 PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS.
In March 2019, Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz and The Commission on the Status of Women honored Zaydee as one of the Pioneer Women on the Year for her documentation and activism within the community of Skid Row.