Homelessness in Los Angeles County Rises 12 Percent and 16 Percent in Los Angeles
The city of Los Angeles saw a 16 percent increase with a little over 36,000 people living on the streets.
The report also showed economic factors that are contributing to the issue, like high rent prices and stagnant wages.
“An LA renter earning minimum wage ($13.25/hr) would need to work 79 hours per week to afford rent on a 1-bedroom apartment,” according to the report.
1 out of 3 Los Angeles households spend more than 50 percent of their household income on rent alone, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies by Harvard University.
To meet the needs of low-income renters, Los Angeles needs 516,946 new affordable housing units, according to the Los Angeles County Annual Affordable Housing Outcomes Report.
The report showed a 24 percent increase in youth homelessness from 3,164 people in 2018 to 3,926 in 2019.
29 percent of people experiencing homelessness have reported a serious mental illness and/or substance use disorder.
“Economic Hardship” is a leading factor, with 53 percent of people experiencing first-time homelessness, according to officials.
Los Angeles is currently the least affordable housing market in the U.S., according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies by Harvard University.