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LA’s homelessness shows dramatic rise, as city and county struggle to contain problem




Rene Conant, a homeless man, packs up his camp on January 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Rene Conant, a homeless man, packs up his camp on January 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
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This morning the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority is discussing the results of the 2017 countywide street and shelter count of homeless people – and the results are stark, with a 20% rise in homelessness in the city of L.A. and a 23% jump in the county, totaling to almost 58,000.

According to the report, there’s been success in placing people in housing. However, lack of affordable housing, rising rents and decreased income might all be contributing factors, according to the report.

This news comes amidst Los Angeles deciding on how to spend funds from Measure H.

We discuss the numbers and the potential causes of this steep rise.

L.A. County Homeless Report 2017 by Southern California Public Radio on Scribd

Guest:

Rina Palta, correspondent for KPCC, covering Southern California's social safety net