Homeless people in Los Angeles County jump to more than 69,000 people, count shows

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According to the results of a recent census, the number of homeless people in Los Angeles County has increased over the past two years.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority released figures on Thursday from its point-in-time tally, which showed a 4.1% increase in people without housing since early 202 before the COVID-19 pandemic. In the city of Los Angeles, 41,980 people were classified as homeless, while 69,144 were counted homeless across the county.

“While it is too early to know what this year’s tally will mean in the long run, the numbers suggest there is a flattening of the curve driven by the necessary and effective economic programs that have helped to empower people during the pandemic at home,” said Kristina Dixon, acting co-executive director at LAHSA.

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Homeless camps block the street on a Hollywood freeway overpass in Los Angeles. Results released Thursday from a recent census revealed a slight increase in homelessness in Los Angeles County.
(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

The count took place from February 22 to 24 after a one-month delay due to an increase in COVID-19 cases fueled by the Delta and Omicron variants. It was the first count since 2020 after last year’s event was canceled due to restrictions and home orders.

The census takeaway shows homelessness is increasing, but at a slower pace, the LAHSA said. It also noted an increase in tents and makeshift shelters on streets and sidewalks, but with fewer people inside, officials said.

Homelessness has become a pressing problem in and around Los Angeles as local leaders continue to feel pressure to address the issue amid rising housing costs.

In 2020, the number of homeless people in the county increased by more than 12% from the previous year, while the city of Los Angeles experienced a 14% increase in unsheltered people over the same period.

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In 2019, the province counted nearly 59,000 people who were counted as homeless.

In a statement about the results, county supervisor Hilda Solis said she was concerned about the number of Latinos who were homeless.

“Last year I filed a motion to increase support for undocumented migrants and immigrants who are homeless, and I am working with LAHSA on the findings of that report,” she said. “It is imperative that the province better understand and address the root causes of the increase in Latino homelessness.”