Los Angeles is super concerned about illegal immigrants living within its borders but apparently not the citizens of the city, many of whom are homeless.
Maybe they should fix this problem before worrying about taking in new residents.
The LA Daily News reports:
Homelessness surges by 23 percent in LA County
Homelessness surged across Los Angeles County’s neighborhoods and suburbs this year compared with 2016, with more than 55,000 people sleeping on sidewalks, in their cars, or along the Los Angeles River, according to results of a count taken in January and released on Wednesday.
The 23 percent spike announced during a news conference in downtown came despite some successes last year, including more housing for veterans and families, according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. But both groups saw their numbers increase in 2017, a result of a tight housing market, high rental costs and more women and youths escaping violent domestic situations, according to the results.
“I don’t think anybody in this work can look at the numbers and not feel disappointed,” said LAHSA Executive Director Peter Lynn. “But we also placed 14,000 people in housing last year, and those are people who could have been homeless this year. We’re using our resources more effectively.”
The data were released just a few months after Measure H, a quarter-cent sales tax, was passed by Los Angeles County voters to raise an estimated $355 million a year for 10 years to help homeless people transition into planned affordable housing. That quarter-cent sales tax is set to begin on Oct. 1.
Sounds like the city has some work to do.