Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Chair of the LA County Board of Supervisors, issued the following statement with regard to the 2018 Homeless Count:
“For the first time in four years, the number of people experiencing homelessness showed no increase. Slowly, but steadily, our plan to address homelessness is starting to make an impact. And it’s important to note the very real impact on each of the individuals or families who were helped to find housing and services. A total of 16,500 people who were experiencing homelessness moved into homes last year. That’s the largest number of individuals we have ever placed in housing, and 2,000 more than the previous year.
“Veteran homelessness decreased by 18%. The number of people who have been homeless for a year or more decreased by 16 percent. More than half of youth experiencing homelessness are now sheltered, a 22% increase over last year.
“This year’s Homeless Count shows us that we have made headway and are on the right track, though serious challenges remain. We simply do not have enough affordable housing, and the County’s high rents, stagnating wages, and high poverty rate will continue to drive people out of their homes.
“I am grateful to the many people in government, nonprofits, and business, as well as faith and community leaders who have contributed to this reduction in LA’s homeless count. Our work will not stop until every person in the county has a home.”