Los Angeles Homeless Population Is Rising
Why are we seeing an increasing number of homeless people in Los Angeles?
The Los Angeles homeless population has peaked 23% over the last year despite the increasing success in placing people in housing projects, according to the latest annual count.
The rise was close to nearly 58,000, which suggested that the number of homelessness continues to rise despite the intensifying efforts that there are rent subsidies, new construction, and outreach and support services. Just last year the city helped 14,000 people permanently off the streets.
Who Is Homeless In Los Angeles?
Youth, families, veterans, and chronically homeless cover up most of the homeless demographic group. It is sad to see that more and more veterans are becoming homeless. With the number of veterans placed into housing slightly down, the count of 4,828 homeless veterans was up 57%. The chronic homeless population- known as the ones that have been in the streets at least one year or multiple times and suffering from addiction, mental illness or physical disability have increased 20% more than 17,000 despite increasing numbers that were placed in housing.
The Sad Truth
Political leaders and homeless officials are pointing towards steadily rising housing costs and low incomes as the underlying cause of the issue.
The sad truth is that Los Angeles rent is doubling up every year, making it hard for many to make ends meet. According to Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, more than 2 million households in Los Angeles and Orange counties have housing costs that exceed well over 30% of income. The inflation rate increased over 30% from 2000 to 2015. The median price for a one bed room apartment is $1,995 and $2,416 for all multifamily units, according to Zillow. It is very discouraging to think over the next few years we will continue to see people struggle with rising housing costs.