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L.A. homelessness jumps 20% even as more housing is provided

Homeless encampment in Echo Park

The number of people living on the streets or in shelters in the City of Los Angeles spiked 20% despite the relocation of thousands of formerly homeless residents into permanent housing, according to the L.A. Homeless Services Authority.  The sharp rise in homelessness comes as apartment rents have increased and vacancies have declined, the authority noted.

An annual homeless count organized by the authority, known as LAHSA, in January found 34,189 people living on the streets and in shelters in the City of Los Angeles. That’s an increase of 5,725 people.

In Council District 1, which includes all or portions of Cypress Park, Highland Park, Lincoln Heights and the Westlake area, the number of homeless skyrocketed 49% to 2,958. That was the largest percentage increase among the city’s 15 council districts.

The number of homeless in Council District 14, which includes all or portions of Boyle Heights, Highland Park and Downtown L.A., increased 32% to 7,386. Council District 13, which includes Atwater Village, Echo Park and Silver Lake, saw the number of homeless rise 8% to 3,282.

Here are some of the other findings from this year’s L.A. County Homeless Report:

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  1. This increase in homelessness is so sad on so many levels. Here is a link to info on an informative June 10 meeting to be held in EP by the SLNC Homelessness in SL committee. http://silverlakenc.org/2017/05/training-for-residents-interested-in-taking-action-on-homelessness/

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