Supervisor Hahn Statement on 2020 Homeless Count Results

Supervisor Hahn Statement on 2020 Homeless Count Results

Los Angeles, CA— Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn has released the following statement regarding the 2020 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count results which showed 66,433 people in Los Angeles County experiencing homelessness. This represents a 12.7% rise from last year’s point-in-time count of 58,936:

“This is nothing short of tragic. We may be moving more people off the street, but we are nowhere close to meeting the massive scale of this problem. I am frustrated and I am worried about how many more people could fall into homelessness in the wake of this pandemic. I think it is time we rethink our strategies because the direction we are going is unacceptable.”

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  • Richard Jensen
    commented 2020-07-16 17:53:39 -0700
    To put it plain and simple: “bringing 58,936 into shelters….” Excuse me, but sheltering 58,000 homeless (yes homeless, not-experiencing ) would be akin to housing the total population of the City of La Mirada, and most of the City of Santa Fe Springs.
    I’m not seeing the building of 30,000 houses right now.
    So when are you going to realize you can not house all those street people. Your approach is all wrong. Make the homeless get off their rear-end and start participating. The remaining few that actually can’t because of serious mental health issues and the few that have other disabilities we can deal with.
  • Cait Martin
    commented 2020-06-16 18:04:20 -0700
    Thank you for your commitment to rethinking strategies to address the scale of homelessness in Los Angeles. Our goal for 2020 can include bringing 58,936 people into shelters so as to give the folks experiencing homelessness in our county a fighting chance during the Covid-19 Pandemic. It is the right thing to do.