The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority released the results of the 2018 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, a countywide annual effort that engages thousands of volunteers to estimate the number of our neighbors without safe, stable housing.
This year’s count showed a total of 53,195 people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County, a three-percent drop from last year. The count shows progress being made in reducing homelessness across nearly every demographic despite a growing gap between incomes and housing affordability.
We’re making great progress in the fight to end homelessness. More than 16,000 people who were experiencing homelessness moved into homes last year! The number of people experiencing chronic homelessness went down 16% and veteran homelessness decreased by 18%.
When L.A. County residents approved nearly $5 billion in funds through Measure H and Prop HHH for community-based housing, we promised it wouldn’t just end homelessness for over 45,000 people, it could also prevent homelessness for another 35,000 - which is something we haven’t been able to do in the past. We’ve learned that it’s 43% cheaper to offer a homeless person supportive housing than it is to leave them without the services they need to live stable lives.
To give a greater sense of what is behind the numbers and what is working in the fight against homelessness, United Way of Greater Los Angeles hosted a webinar to explain what the numbers really mean. Watch the webinar here.
The full Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count report can be found on the LAHSA website. United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ analysis of the count, how it matches up with the solutions in place to end homelessness, along with progress to date and future milestones can be found on our EVERYONE IN campaign website at http://everyoneinla.org/count/
Together, we’ve accomplished so much and took part in truly historic measures, but the count shows that our work is far from over.
It’s on all of us in L.A. County —non-profits, service providers, government officials, and everyday residents —to be advocates for permanent supportive housing for our most vulnerable neighbors so that our they no longer have to suffer on the streets. Just one person experiencing homelessness is too many.
Join the movement and learn more about our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness. Take action now.