Jaden Smith, Helping Solve the Homeless Crisis in LA

Jaden Smith, Helping Solve the Homeless Crisis in LA

While the city of LA has launched a $100 million-per-year program to help the problem. The rapper, entrepreneur, and actor Jaden Smith has found his own way of responding to the crisis.

Los Angeles is experiencing a homeless crisis that exists decades ago. Over the past six years, the unhoused population in the city has risen to 75%. 

The city’s lack of homeless shelters and affordable housing has forced people who can’t afford L.A.’s sky-high rents to live on the streets.

According to LAist, since 2000, renter incomes have decreased by 3 percent while rents have gone up 32 percent.

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On the other hand, Jaden Smith launched the “I Love You Restaurant” pop-up truck on his 21st birthday.

The truck hands out healthy, vegan meals to unhoused people for free. Smith himself follows a vegan diet.

“@ILoveYouRestaurant Is A Movement That Is All About Giving People What They Deserve, Healthy, Vegan Food for Free,” Smith wrote on Instagram.

“Today We Launched Our First One Day Food Truck Pop-Up in Downtown LA.”

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I Love You.

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The food bowls given out by the I Love You Restaurant features dark leafy greens, sweet potato, black beans, and grains.

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This Bowl Is Soo Good

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Smith hasn’t announced the next time the truck will pop up in the L.A. area, but it’ll be back soon. “Keep A Look Out Because This Is the First of Many,” he wrote on Instagram.

This isn’t Smith’s first foray into charitable giving. Last year, his eco-friendly water company partnered with a local church in Flint, Michigan to help with the water crisis.

“This has been one of the most rewarding and educational experiences for me personally,” Smith said in a statement.”

We’re so proud of you, Jaden Smith! Keep up the good work.

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