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L.A. County homelessness jumps a ‘staggering’ 23% as need far outpaces housing, new count shows

Los Angeles County’s homeless population has soared 23% over last year despite increasing success in placing people in housing, according to the latest annual count released Wednesday. The sharp rise, to nearly 58,000, suggested that the pathway into homelessness continues to outpace intensifying efforts that — through rent subsidies, new construction, outreach and support services — got more than 14,000 …

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L.A. County now has 58,000 homeless people. So why are there thousands fewer shelter beds than in 2009?

“Live from skid row, it’s Tuesday night!” Pastor Dan shouted, beginning two hours of Christian music and prayer for worshipers arrayed on metal chairs in the spacious, white-walled chapel at the Union Rescue Mission. Once the playful service ended, worshipers folded and stacked their chairs and began to unfurl cots. There weren’t enough for everyone. “Blankets and sheets on the …

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‘Human tragedy’: LA homelessness jumps to record-breaking level

The number of homeless people in Los Angeles has jumped to a new record, as city officials grapple with a humanitarian crisis of proportions remarkable for a modern American metropolis. Municipal leaders said that a recent count over several nights found 55,188homeless people living in a survey region comprising most of Los Angeles County, up more than 25% from last year. It …

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Malibu homeless encampment sparks fears after brush fire threatens homes

For months, Lara Vidaurri has noticed a growing number of people cooking with portable stoves and over open flames at a homeless camp a few hundred yards below her Malibu home. She said she reported the issue to police several times last year, worried about the fire danger the camp posed during what’s turned out to be the most destructive …

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Exposed: Mayor and LA Council ‘Redirecting’ Funds You Approved for the Homeless … and the Silence is Deafening

MCDONALD REPORT–In the nation’s second largest city, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City Council have quietly perverted a much-needed housing program for homeless men, women, and children. And affordable housing advocates and the Los Angeles Times are not sounding the alarm. (Photo above: Mayor photo-oping with the homeless.) Los Angeles is currently facing one of its worst homeless crises in …

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Families flooding LA’s homeless system at five times the rate of last year

Nonprofit service providers in L.A.’s family homeless system are seeing five times the number of new clients walk in their doors as they saw last year, and it’s massively straining the system. According to a report presented to the L.A. County Board of Supervisors’ homelessness deputies Thursday, the L.A. Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) is projecting a $13.2 million shortfall in …