L.A. County Homeless Numbers Drop For First Time in Years

The number of people living on the streets of Los Angeles County has fallen for the first time in four years, according to the latest annual countreleased by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.

The January tally, which is carried out by volunteers and administered by the HAS, found 53,195 people living on county streets. That’s a 3% drop from last year. The City of L.A. saw a 5% decrease.

“This reduction may be a signal that we have stemmed the tide,” said county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas who championed Measure H, authorizing a 0.25% county sales tax to fund homeless preventions services. “But … we are not done."

The internals reveal that the number of people experiencing homelessness is still on the rise, but more of them are now making it into shelters. Experts caution the county’s housing capacity is waning and the region’s housing crisis worsening. To meet population demands, the state needs to build 3.5 million more housing units by 2025.

According to the report, veteran homelessness saw the largest dip at 18%. Chronic homelessness decreased 16% and youth housing placements were up by 43%.

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