LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Los Angeles County experienced a significant increase in homelessness prior to the coronavirus pandemic, according to new data released Friday.
The 25th. May 2020: A woman wraps up her tent on the 110th floor. Freeway bridge in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)
In January 2020, 66,433 people were registered as homeless on the streets of Greater Los Angeles County, up 12.7% from the previous year.
Of these, 41,290 were located in the city of Los Angeles, which, according to the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority (LAHSA), represents an increase of 14.2% compared to 2019.
It is still unclear how the coronavirus pandemic will affect these figures in mid-March. There are 234 confirmed cases of coronavirus and six homeless deaths in Los Angeles County.
The report paints a picture of homelessness in Los Angeles County as it occurred in January 2020, at the time of this year’s homelessness census, and before the impact of the COWID 19 pandemic could be felt, measured or addressed through measures such as the Roomki project, rent freezes and the moratorium on evictions, the LAHSA said in a press release.
However, recent data indicate a steady and gradual increase in the number of homeless people in Los Angeles County in recent years. In Los Angeles, the number of homeless increased by about 12% between 2018 and 2019. In the city of Los Angeles, the number of homeless increased by 16% between 2018 and 2019.
Fearing an outbreak of KOVID-19 among the homeless, the city of Los Angeles has transformed several recreation centers into emergency shelters throughout the city. The city and province have installed hand washing stations and portable toilets in several camps, and hundreds of hotel rooms and 500 caravans have been put online to solve this problem.
Last month, a federal judge, citing health concerns regarding COVID-19, ordered the city of Los Angeles to relocate thousands of homeless people living near highways and subway junctions.
In April, the state of California launched the Roomkey Project, a government initiative in partnership with FEMA to temporarily place homeless people in affordable hotel and motel rooms to stop the spread of KOVID-19. FEMA then reimburses the state and local authorities up to 75% of the value of the property.
On Friday, the LAHSA reported that 6010 homeless people have been housed in emergency shelters since the coronavirus suspension took effect in March. Of these, 4,056 are housed in the turn-key project, 1,708 in Department of Parks and Recreation homes and 246 in caravans.
In November 2016, voters in the city of Los Angeles accepted the HHH’s proposal to issue a $1.2 billion bond to finance permanent housing for the homeless, but it would take years to approve and build the housing.
In March 2017, Los Angeles County voters switched to measure H, a quarter of Los Angeles County sales tax, to fund programs for the homeless. The plan calls for the generation of $355 million a year over a 10-year period to fund various homeless programs.
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In April 2018, the Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, launched the Bridge Home program, which provides approximately 20 temporary shelters for homeless people throughout the city to help combat the growing homelessness crisis.