For the first time in 4 years, the number of people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles decreased.
The 2018 Homeless Point-In-Time Count numbers are out, and they bring hope. The count provides key data that guides our efforts to end homelessness, and shows that our strategic efforts have begun to pay off.
Strategic efforts to address homelessness are starting to make an impact. Four promising trends:
However, the forces driving people into homelessness persist...
...and we see the results of those forces on our streets.
The Homeless Count helps us understand the demographic characteristics of people experiencing homelessness so we can target resources and improve services.
- 67% of people experiencing homelessness identify as male, 31% identify as female, 2% identify as transgender, and 0.3% identify as gender non-conforming.
- 80% are adults, 14% are families with children, and 6% are youth.
- 75% lived in L.A. County before becoming homeless.
- 65% reported having lived in L.A. County for 20 years or more.
- More than 3,000 people -- 6% of the homeless population -- became homeless due to fleeing domestic or intimate partner violence.
- 1 in 4 self-report experiencing serious mental illness.
- 1 in 8 self-report a substance abuse disorder.
We are working together across the city and county at unprecedented levels of collaboration and investment, and our plans are starting to show results.
- We are improving efficiency and streamlining administrative processes to move people into homes faster, but there is still a lot of work to do.
- Many of the economic forces that drive people out of their homes can be positively impacted through advocacy. Support policies to increase the construction and preservation of affordable housing.
- Support state and federal partners in devoting more resources for new affordable housing development and homeless services.