Homeless in Los Angeles

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http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-how-los-angeles-homeless-crisis-got-so-bad-20150922-story.html

Homelessness in Los Angeles County

http://laalmanac.com/social/so14.htm

According to the Institute for the Study of Homelessness and Poverty at the Weingart Center, an estimated 254,000 men, women and children experience homelessness in Los Angeles County during some part of the year and approximately 82,000 people are homeless on any given night. Unaccompanied youth, especially in the Hollywood area, are estimated to make up from 4,800 to 10,000 of these.

Although homeless people may be found throughout the county, the largest percentages are in South Los Angeles and Metro Los Angeles. Most are from the Los Angeles area and stay in or near the communities from which they came. About 14 to 18 percent of homeless adults in Los Angeles County are not U.S. citizens compared with 29% of adults overall. A high percentage – as high as 20 percent – are veterans. African Americans make up approximately half of the Los Angeles County homeless population – disproportionately high compared to the percentage of African Americans in the county overall (about 9 percent).

Other Facts About the Homeless Population in Los Angeles:

•The average age is 40 – women tend to be younger.

•33% to 50% are female. Men make up about 75% of the single population.

•About 42% to 77% do not receive public benefits to which they are entitled.

•20% to 43% are in families, typically headed by a single mother.

•An estimated 20% are physically disabled.

•41% of adults were employed within last year.

•16% to 20% of adults are employed.

•About 25% are mentally ill.

•As children, 27% lived in foster care or group homes; 25% were physically or sexually abused

•33%-66% of single individuals have substance abuse issues.

•48% graduated from high school; 32% had a bachelor degree or higher (as compared to 45% and 25% for the population overall respectively).

Race General Population Homeless Population

General Population Homeless Population

Latino 47% 33%

White 30% 14%

African American 9% 50%

Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 2%

Other 2% Less than 1%

2015 Ethnic Percentages City of Los Angeles All of County of Los Angeles

African American 12,188 (47%) 15,887 (39%)

Hispanic/Latino 5,411 (21%) 11,082 (27%)

White/Caucasian 5,567 (22%) 10,306 (25%)

American Indian/Alaska Native 654 (3%) 1,163 (3%)

Asian/Pacific Islander 496 (2%) 657 (2%)

Native Hawaiian/ 37 (0.1%) 66 (0.2%)

Other Pacific Islander

Multi-Racial/Other 1,333 (5%) 2,013 (5%)

2015 Demographic Characteristics City of Los Angeles All of Los Angeles County

Veterans 2,733 (11%) 4,016 (10%)

Chronically Homeless Individuals 8,060 (31%) 12,356 (30%)

Chronically Homeless Family Members 945 (4%) 1,187 (4%)

Substance Abuse 6,255 (24%) 10,388 (25%)

Mental Illness 8,163 (32%) 12,253 (30%)

Persons with HIV/AIDS 546 (2%) 757 (2%)

Domestic Violence Experience 5,458 (21%) 8,801 (21%)

Physical Disability 4,854 (19%) 8,148 (20%)

In the 2015 count in Greater Los Angeles, there were 2,781 unaccompanied, unsheltered homeless youth (under age 18) counted during the daytime; 2,099 estimated during nighttime street counts and 1,277 counted in emergency shelters and transitional housing programs were counted in Los Angeles County.

100-Day Challenge to Reduce Youth Homelessness Succeeds Far Beyond Projections – December 22, 2016

https://www.lahsa.org/news?article=98-100-day-challenge-to-reduce-youth-homelessness-succeeds-far-beyond-projections

L.A.’s homelessness surged 75% in six years! Here’s why the crisis has been decades in the making. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-homeless-how-we-got-here-20180201-story.html

Skid Row 2018…https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1196041313864418&id=100003756810789

 

Writer,

Kaila Truth

by CABIRI – Consumer Advocacy Business Industry Research & Investigations

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