The Annual Homeless Assessment Report from HUD was released Monday, and while the the numbers nationwide increased, the count in Los Angeles and San Diego shrank slightly.
Across the county, the numbers of those experiencing homelessness went up by about 2,000 from last year, with about 553,000 people experiencing homelessness in a single night. The numbers of veterans experiencing homelessness went down 5.4 percent from 2017 to 2018 and people experiencing homelessness in families declined as well (down almost 23 percent from 2007 to 2018).
After an increase in the numbers of people experiencing homelessness last year, there was a drop of about 3 percent in Los Angeles. However, according to the report, 47 percent of all unsheltered people in the U.S. are in California. So why does California have such a disproportionately high number of people who are experiencing homelessness? To what can we attribute the slight decline of homelessness in L.A.?
We gather a roundtable to localize and analyze the numbers.
Andy Bales, CEO at Union Rescue Mission, a private Christian homeless shelter in downtown Los Angeles' Skid Row
Larry Haynes, executive director at Mercy House, a homeless housing and service agency headquartered in Santa Ana