LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles saw an uptick in homelessness over the last year, according to a new report from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.
The results of the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, which was conducted in January 2016 with help of 7,500 volunteers, including District 2 staff, showed that homelessness in LA County increased 5.7 percent, from 44,359 individuals experiencing homelessness in 2015 to 46,874 in 2016. The survey area included the City of Los Angeles and neighboring areas of Glendale, Long Beach and Pasadena.
Earlier this year, city and county leaders voted to approve a comprehensive strategy to address the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles. The $1.85 billion plan to address homelessness will focus on subsidized housing and coordinated programs over the next decade to get LA's more than 25,000 homeless individuals off the streets.
Councilmember Krekorian, chair of the city's Budget and Finance Committee, is working to help increase services across the city through the budget process in order to address this important issue.