Homelessness in the city of Los Angeles increased by 10% over this time last year with a total of 46,260 unhoused.
The figures were reported by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) through its homeless count Thursday.
“The homeless count results tell us what we already know — that we have a crisis on our streets, and it’s getting worse,” LAHSA Chief Executive Officer Dr. Va Lecia Adams Kellum said in a statement Thursday. “The important thing to take away from today is that for the first time, the city, county, and LAHSA are moving with urgency to house the people living on our streets.”
While the number of homeless individuals increased in the city, the number of sheltered individuals did not see a similar increase, with only 58 more people sheltered, a 0.4% increase over last year and 13,580 in total. The estimated number of unsheltered homeless individuals rose by 15%, for a total of 32,680, compared to 28,458 in 2022.
The county of Los Angeles saw a 9% increase for a total of 75,518 individuals experiencing homelessness, compared to 69,144 counted in 2022.
Multiple counties surrounding Los Angeles also saw increases in homelessness, such as San Bernardino with a 26% increase, San Diego with 22%, Kern with 22%, and Riverside with a 12% jump.
“Today’s announcement confirms why we are in a state of emergency: more Angelenos continue falling into homelessness than we are able to house,” Los Angeles County Supervisor Lindsey P. Horvath said in a statement Thursday. “Over the last six months, we have proven that our unified approach is connecting more people to housing and services. Now we must address the root causes of homelessness by investing in families; working to make housing more affordable; and, most importantly, keep people in the places they already call home.”
LAHSA broke down the countywide data, showing that 73.3% of the individuals remain unsheltered, with 3% consisting of youths.
Similar to numbers in the city, L.A. County saw a 14% increase in unsheltered homeless at 55,515, and a 1% decrease in those who were sheltered, compared to 2022 numbers.
Through a visual tally, LAHSA counted an estimated 23,438 instances where individuals were living in tents, “makeshift shelters,” vans, cars and RVs. The 2022 count showed 22,965 instances of people living in the same conditions.
LAHSA says its count “contributes to the California and national understanding of homelessness,” which may aid local policies and strategies.
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