The homeless population in Los Angeles County jumped 5.7 percent last year, with a sharp increase in tents and homeless encampments offering daily evidence of the problem sweeping this region, county officials said Wednesday.
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May 4, 2016
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Tags: Housing: Homelessness
Organizations mentioned/involved: Inner City Law Center (ICLC) (Los Angeles)
Jerry Jones, the director of policy at the Inner City Law Center here, and a longtime advocate for homeless people, said the figures confirmed the importance of spending on housing.
“Homelessness is responsive to targeted housing subsidies, which is why we saw fewer veterans on the streets,” he said. “Second, the overall problem continues to get worse in the absence of those resources.”
Still, this was the second year that the count tracked a jump in homelessness in Los Angeles. From January 2013 to January 2015, the homeless population increased 12 percent, though that report covered two years.