Homelessness surges by 23 percent in LA County
Homelessness rose by 23 percent across Los Angeles County this year, with 58,000 people on the street on any given night, according to results of a count taken in January and released Wednesday.
The data were issued just a few months after Los Angeles County voters passed Measure H, a quarter-cent sales tax to raise an estimated $355 million a year for 10 years to help homeless people transition to affordable housing.
Los Angeles city voters in November also passed Proposition HHH, a property tax bond measure that aims to raise $1.2 billion to build 10,000 affordable-housing units for the homeless. That money will fund the bricks and mortar, while Measure H funds are supposed to go to social services to support people in those homes.
The gradual increase of men, women and children sleeping on the streets and in shelters prompted the city and county in 2015 to declare homelessness an emergency. The city and county dedicated $100 million each to bolster rapid re-housing and other programs.
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