Homeless populations across the United States tend to be most concentrated in the most populated cities. As such, the most populated state in the country, California, is plagued with homelessness more than any other state.
Los Angeles, the second-largest city in the United States and the largest in California, has been forced to deal with a homelessness problem of its own for many years.
Despite modern technology, research, and funding, Los Angeles, California, faced a recent year-on-year growth in its homeless population of 12 percent. This growth comes from homeless people counted all across Los Angeles County.
According to Fox News, reports of this finding first came from city officials on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. At yesterday’s meeting of high-ranking local political figures who belong to the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority presented the aforementioned report, the main finding of which was that homelessness had grown across Los Angeles County during 2018.
Right now, according to the report from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, there are some 58,900 homeless people living across Los Angeles County. Predictably, the city of Los Angeles contributed the highest count of homeless people to the county’s overall homeless population with some 36,000.
Last year, the same agency reported to the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors that Los Angeles County was home to roughly 53,000 homeless persons. City and state officials have spoken out in large part since the release of the findings to the public early yesterday, almost all of whom shared either explicitly or implicitly that they were upset about the county’s expenditure of $619 million on programs directly related to curbing homelessness in the area or indirectly linked to the other common problems that often plague people suffering from homelessness.
The demographic of homeless people in Los Angeles County experiencing the most substantial growth in population from the beginning to the end of 2018 was those who were under 25 years of age. This age group rose nearly 25 percent in total population across all of Los Angeles County.
Homelessness happens to people of all backgrounds and current living situations. County and state officials want to fight the problem as a means of giving rights to all people, especially those most affected by society’s unfair problems, as well as cutting down on public health issues like increased rates of HIV and hepatitis spread, intravenous drug use, and prostitution.