Perhaps the only things more worrying than the increasing number of people living without shelter is that the latest annual double-digit increase both comes after massive financial investments seeking to stem homelessness, and that the rise represents the situation before the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic could be measured.Last week in Los Angeles:
Homelessness in Los Angeles County increased 12.7 percent in the past year, from just under 59,000 to 66,433 individuals living without permanent shelter, according to the 2020 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, which was released this morning by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.
Although African Americans comprise about 8 percent of the L.A. County population, they represent 33.7 percent of those living on the streets.
An L.A. Neighborhood Is in Turmoil After Residents Place Boulders in an Underpass to Deter the Unhoused
“The city was not able to do it for us, so we took action,” sa[id] a Hollywood screenwriter who’s lived in Reynier Village for two years. “When an opportunity arose and there was no homeless in the tunnel, we moved very quickly, because we were kind of laying in wait for this opportunity.”