County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas at May 31 homeless count press conference. Mayor Garcetti and CD8 Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson look on.
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) announced the results of its January 2017 countywide homeless count May 31. Since January 2016 there were now 13,940 more homeless people in LA County and 5,725 in the city, increases of 23% and 20%. There are now 57,794 homeless in the county, of which 42,966 are unsheltered, living on the streets. For the city it is 34,189, with 25,237 unsheltered.
The numbers were released at a meeting at LAHSA’s headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. It opened with a press conference addressed by Mayor Eric Garcetti, County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, and City Council District 8 councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, who is also chair of the City Council’s Homelessness and Poverty Committee. Peter Lynn, LAHSA’s Executive Director, then presented the findings of the 2017 count, which had been tabulated by USC.
Mayor Garcetti declared, “We have a housing and homelessness crisis. It requires an extraordinary response.”
This year’s increases were far greater than from 2015 to 2016, which saw a 7% jump in the county and 11% in the city.