Supervisor Janice Hahn Releases Statement on 2019 Homeless Count Results
Los Angeles, CA—Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Janice Hahn has released the following statement regarding the results of the 2019 Homeless Count. The count, which was presented by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority executive director Peter Lynn during the Board of Supervisors meeting, showed a 12% increase in homelessness in LA County since the previous year. The results showed that even while LA County’s homeless services system has been able to prevent and end homelessness for more than 20,000 individuals and families, many more people fell into homelessness.
“The homelessness crisis took decades to create, and we knew it wouldn’t be solved overnight, but that doesn’t mean these latest numbers aren’t disheartening. Even though our data shows we are housing more people than ever, it is hard to be optimistic when that progress is overwhelmed by the number of people falling into homelessness. This data makes clear the serious challenges that we face but it does not change this Board’s commitment to addressing this unprecedented crisis with unprecedented resources.”
Supervisor Hahn’s full remarks during the Board Meeting can be accessed here.