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The number of homeless women in LA is on the rise




FILE - This Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 file photo shows tents from a homeless encampment line a street in downtown Los Angeles. Los Angeles city and county officials have approved sweeping plans to deal with homelessness at a cost of billions over a decade. The City Council's strategic plan calls for providing more housing and funding programs designed to keep people off the streets in the first place. The city has around 25,000 homeless, more than half the total in LA County.
FILE - This Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 file photo shows tents from a homeless encampment line a street in downtown Los Angeles. Los Angeles city and county officials have approved sweeping plans to deal with homelessness at a cost of billions over a decade. The City Council's strategic plan calls for providing more housing and funding programs designed to keep people off the streets in the first place. The city has around 25,000 homeless, more than half the total in LA County.
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According to numbers released by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority yesterday, homelessness in Los Angeles County has risen by about 6 percent.

But one group in particular stands out... women. Since 2013 they've accounted for the majority increase in homelessness in the city of LA. And there are currently about 15,000 homeless women in the city of LA alone.

Anne Miskey is the CEO of the Downtown Women's Center and she joins Ben Bergman in the studio to talk about the different needs of homeless women and how they need to be addressed.