This is what Christmas Day looked like this year for thousands of homeless people in dark and dingy Skid Row - the underbelly of Downtown Los Angeles

In Skid Row nine toilets are shared by some 2,000 people…

(Daily Mail) Rubbish bags piled up by the pavements and littered across streets

Tents erected in clusters where people have camped down for the night.

Dozens of directionless residents congregating by the roadside and wandering into the road.

This is what Christmas Day looked like for thousands of homeless people in the dark and dingy underbelly of Downtown Los Angeles this year.

The shocking footage – captured using a car dash camera – shows the brutal reality of life on the street for some 20,000 people in the notorious Skid Row district.

Shot on 5th Street, 6th Street and San Pedro Street,  it is a stark glimpse into the day-to-day existence of some of the country’s poorest citizens – including women and children.

This area of LA’s central business zone is considered to be one of the most dangerous places to live in the city.

In Skid Row – one of the notorious homeless hotspots in the area – nine toilets are shared by some 2,000 people, according to a June report titled ‘No Place to Go‘.

A lucky few will find food and somewhere warm to sleep at shelters and rescue missions.

But many are left to navigate the industrial sprawl and smoke alone.

The three-minute clip was originally published on Instagram by LA street artist Plastic Jesus then on LiveLeak by Nick Stern in the ‘Citizen Journalism’ video category.

It had only been live for 10 hours when it was viewed nearly 40,000 times…

Makeshift canopies – often simply sheets erected on poles – are packed in tightly beside one another in endless rows…

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