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Who are the new homeless?




Homeless people asleep in the 2nd Street Tunnel in Los Angeles on December 30, 2010.
Homeless people asleep in the 2nd Street Tunnel in Los Angeles on December 30, 2010.
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According to the new LA County homeless census, after years in decline, LA’s homeless population has surged by 12%.

The number of people living in cars, tents, and larger encampments has nearly doubled. Many experts point to a lack of affordable housing to explain the increase. But the numbers don't tell us how much of the rise is housing prices, and how much are other factors not fully understood.

Who are the newest homeless residents, and how much does rising housing costs explain the trend?

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Guests:

Peter Lynn, head of the Los Angeles Homeless Authority (LAHSA), which conducted this last homeless count

Christine Margiotta, Vice President of Community Impact, United Way of Greater Los Angeles; She launched Home For Good in 2010, the region’s initiative to end homelessness

Andy Bales, CEO, Union Rescue Mission, the oldest Mission in Los Angeles serving homeless men, women and children