Los Angeles homelessness rises sharply: Study

Press TV – June 5, 2019

In Los Angeles tents and cardboard shelters litter the sidewalks of many city streets. On skid row, entire city blocks are occupied by tens of thousands of homeless men and women, eighty-percent of them black. Click to enlarge

The homeless population around Los Angeles, California, has risen sharply during the past year due to a lack of affordable housing in and around America’s second-largest city, pushing more people into poverty, according to new a study.

Homelessness in the city of Los Angeles proper jumped by 16 percent, while the homeless population in the suburbs swelled by 12 percent, according to the latest annual census by the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority (LAHSA).

On any given night in Los Angeles County, nearly 60,000 people were sleeping on sidewalks, in abandoned vehicles, in makeshift tents, in shelters and government-subsidized housing, according to LAHSA.

That’s the highest number documented since the agency began conducting its homeless survey 10 years ago.

The number in the city of Los Angeles alone, including the notorious downtown Skid Row district that ranks among the greatest concentrations of homeless in the United States, reached 36,300, the study said.

“Only New York [America’s most populous city] has more people experiencing homelessness on any given night,” LAHSA Executive Director Peter Lynn said in releasing the report.

Still, the 12 percent homelessness rise in Los Angeles County was modest compared with corresponding increases in less populous neighboring counties – up 28 percent in Ventura, 43 percent in Orange and 50 percent in Kern.

The report cited the rising cost of housing and wage stagnation at the lower end of the income spectrum for deepening the housing affordability crisis across Southern California.

California, the wealthiest and most populous state in the US, already has more people living in poverty than any other state, and Los Angeles County has the state’s highest poverty rate, at 24.3 percent, the study said.

“Skyrocketing rents statewide and federal disinvestment in affordable housing, combined with an epidemic of untreated trauma and mental illness, is pushing people into homelessness faster than they can be lifted out,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told Reuters.

Tenant rights activists blame gentrification and real estate policies favoring high-end commercial and residential developments that are squeezing out low-income housing.

Critics also accuse local officials of doing too little to develop thousands of vacant units that could be reconditioned and turned into affordable apartments.

“L.A.’s homeless crisis is a failure of imagination and will built on a foundation of corruption at City Hall,” said Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the parent nonprofit of the groups Healthy Housing Foundation and Housing is a Human Right.

“It’s not accidental that LA County is the homeless capital of America,” he added.


5 responses to “Los Angeles homelessness rises sharply: Study”

    I have a freind who busks in londons oxford st
    He said the most expensive shops in the UK are all there
    and at night often whole families huddle in the doorways, he said the 2 London parks suddenly spring to life as tent cities, hundreds of people sometimes whole families all
    cram into makeshift shelters and tents, and guess what ? every single one is an English person, sure a few scots and irish, but every one our own people,
    While governments give Positive Discrimination for jobs and homes to new incomers,
    This kind of racism is despicable, and is a hate crime of monumental proportions,
    and this same government expects our menfolk to fight more zio-government wars for it, dont make me laugh.
    We all know the country has been robbed by the jews, so much soa new word has entered the English vocabulary, to be ” madoffed ” means to be robbed by jews

  2. The richest state in the richest country has the most poverty in America , so is that how capitalism works ?

  3. USA # 1 !! USA # 1 !! USA # 1 !! USA # 1 !! USA # 1 !! USA # 1 !!
    LMAO ….

  4. In london homosxexuals are taking full advantage and trying to buy the bodies of homeless
    teenagers, we hear constant stories here at the drop in centre, hungry lads have had to sell their bodies to these men
    I also hear the old crime of ” poofeteering ” is back, where homosexuals hang about outside boys schools, the police really should get their act together and stop this and
    The law against homosexuals should never have been repealed