Los Angeles, the City of Angels, is now known by a more sombre sobriquet – the homeless capital of America.
Living in the shadow of the world famous Hollywood sign, some 44,000 people survive without a proper home, many sleeping in cars, tents or in makeshift shacks. Gabriel, (pictured above) who is homeless bathes in the Los Angeles river which flows from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach over a 48 mile distance
According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, the down-and-out population has increased by as much as 20 per cent. Authorities have declared a state of emergency and are seeking $100million to deal with the crisis.