The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority announced a 20% increase in homelessness throughout the City of Los Angeles. Although services increased, there was still a rise in the number of people experiencing homelessness. Below is a statement from Councilmember Huizar.
“The findings of the Homeless Count reflect what I see every day, a growing number of people all across our City who are suffering from economic insecurity, mental illness, and the general neglect of years of failed policies in Downtown Los Angeles and elsewhere,” said Councilmember José Huizar.
“At long last, we are starting to take action with a coordinated set of plans at the City and County level and with voter-approved funding from Measures HHH and H. But the tragic numbers of the Count remind us that the crisis is getting more urgent every day. We created the City's first-ever comprehensive Homelessness Strategic Plan and successful outreach programs like C3 in Skid Row, which is housing people experiencing homelessness and getting them into the services they need. But C3's success highlights the fact that we need more outreach teams and mental health workers to assist people on the streets where they live. We simply need more services across the City. And we need a plan of action to address an emergency in housing affordability, which is pushing so many Angelenos into their cars and onto our streets."