Over the last several months, the Long Beach Post has been investigating why our city and so many others across the state seem unable to solve the problem of homelessness despite a record influx of money.

The goal of our ongoing series called “Locked Out: Homeless in Long Beach” is to understand how government funding is being spent to address the issue, what resources the unhoused have and how the system can better address the needs of those living on the street.

What you won’t see in our stories or our videos—at least until now—are the personal emotions, frustrations and realizations we’ve come to while telling the stories of those who are currently homeless. On today’s episode of “The Word” podcast, Long Beach Post’s Executive Editor Melissa Evans talks about the emotional impact of her work.

Visit our investigative series homepage here. Hear the audio version of the podcast here.

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