Homeless Count 2019



people experiencing homelessness in L.A. County

It’s time to accept L.A. County’s homelessness crisis for what it is – a housing crisis

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A closer look at the count

L.A. County Homeless Count 2019


people experiencing chronic homelessness

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People experiencing chronic homelessness need more than an affordable home. That is why supportive housing, which has services such as trauma counseling and job training on site, is the right solution. And it works – 90% of supportive housing residents, including many who’ve experienced homelessness for years, stay housed.

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people with a serious mental illness

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Every year, a team of researchers interviews hundreds of people experiencing homelessness. This year, they found that about 25% of them had a serious mental illness – slightly fewer than last year.

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veterans experiencing homelessness

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Veterans experiencing homelessness receive more resources and support than other populations, especially from the federal government. The fact that veteran homelessness stayed flat, despite big increases elsewhere, is a good indication that these investments, combined with smart strategies, are making a difference.

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Homelessness by Region

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Antelope Valley
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San Fernando Valley
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San Gabriel Valley
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Central L.A.
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West L.A.
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South L.A.
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East L.A.
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South Bay
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Thanks to Measure H funding, outreach workers have met with and evaluated 31,596 people waiting for housing.

Together, we moved 21,631 people into permanent housing last year – nearly 40% of the 2018 homeless count total and nearly double the total in 2015.

We know what works

Homes end homelessness

Now we need to build affordable and supportive housing in every part of L.A. County.
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Homelessness across California is on the rise – especially in Southern California

The number of people living on our streets rose double-digits across California. This crisis is reaching every community, rich and poor, big cities and small. L.A. County, the biggest county in the state with the most people experiencing homelessness, had one of the smaller increases. That’s because we’ve made investments to increase the supply of housing our homeless neighbors can afford.


median renter income


median rent

Rents are up.
Wages are not.

Since the year 2000, median rent in L.A. County is up 32% while median renter income is down 3%.

600,000 Angelenos spend 90% of their income on rent

A Beat from
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600,000 people in L.A. County spend 90% of their income on housing.

This is the root of our homelessness crisis. What we see on our streets is only the tip of the iceberg.

We know what works: create more housing

There are the two critical types of housing we need to start building for working Angelenos and their families.

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Support to take on life's challenges

Supportive Housing

For our most vulnerable neighbors who need intensive support

Supportive Housing is permanent, affordable housing paired with on-site services, like mental health care, job training, and life skills coaching. Simply put: it works. 90% of residents stay housed.

Life made affordably

Affordable Housing

For a majority of people who can’t keep up with the pace of rent

Affordable Housing is critical for most people experiencing homelessness who simply can’t find a home in California’s booming market because of the high cost. Affordable housing can either be unregulated—affordable because the rents are low—or regulated and reserved for people whose income can’t keep pace with the cost of housing.

Progress is building

For the first time in decades, L.A. County has the funding and the proven plan to build more housing. We’re making progress, but we must build more and faster.






Units needed

10,000 supportive units

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Homelessness rose double digits across California

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