Homelessness in Los Angeles County rose by nearly 6 percent to 46,874 people over the past year, according to new numbers released by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Wednesday morning.
The population of unsheltered homeless, meaning those living on the streets, in makeshift shelters or in cars, rose 11 percent in the city of L.A. over the last year.
According to LAHSA, the overall homeless number rose largely because for the first time they included homeless youth, aged between 18 and 24, in their overall count. About 2,400 youth were added to the overall homeless number, which was 44,359 in 2015.
Homeless youth are also driving the increased proportion of homeless people going without shelter.
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Naomi Goldman, spokesperson for the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, which conducted the count
Adam Murray, Executive Director, Inner City Law Center, a nonprofit law firm focused on housing and homelessness based in Downtown LA
Va Lecia Adams Kellum, Executive Director of St. Joseph Center in Venice, which works with working poor families, and homeless men, women and children