Heartbreaking images of L.A.’s homelessness crisis can be seen everywhere: tents in the Arroyo, sleeping bags on the beach, RVs parked on our boulevards. Homelessness in Los Angles has reached epic proportions, with over 57,000 people homeless every night.

This crisis is not surprising given that Los Angeles is the most unaffordable metropolitan area in America. When adjusted for housing costs, L.A. County’s poverty rate is 26.9% – the highest in the nation. With 289,144 people living at below half the poverty line and spending at least 90% of their income on rent, Los Angeles has become a city filled with precariously housed individuals and families who could easily join the legions of already homeless. Unfortunately, our homeless crisis is likely to worsen, as we anticipate less federal funding for affordable housing and homeless services as well as decreased federal enforcement of housing discrimination laws.


The good news is that we know what it takes to end homelessness. We know that raising incomes and creating more affordable housing ends homelessness. We know that providing rent subsidies, legal assistance, and social workers to families facing eviction end homelessness. We know that permanent supportive housing for the most chronic cases ends homelessness.

Homelessness is not inevitable. We know how to dramatically decrease the number of people living and dying on our streets. The time has come to embrace these solutions and bring them to scale.

You can help by educating yourself, your neighbors, your colleagues, and your family about homelessness in Los Angeles – and what you can do about it. Here are some of the facts:

2018 Homeless Count Results

County of Los Angeles

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Total # of Homeless Persons

Homelessness has increased by 13% since 2016

Homelessness by Household Type

Single Adults (44,912) 84%
Family Members (8,220) 15%
Unaccompanied Minors(63) .1%

Sheltered vs. Unsheltered

Unsheltered - 39,826

Sheltered - 13,369

Demographics of Homelessness

Lived in LA > 20 Years (27,525) 65%
Homeless due to fleeing Domestic Violence (3,081) 6%
Chronically Homeless (14,389) 27%
Mental Illness (12,970) 27%
Substance Abuse (7,233) 15%
Veterans (3,910) 7%
HIV/AIDS (752) 2%

Race/Ethnicity

Race/Ethnicity

  • African American (17,728)
  • American Indian/Alaskan Native (545)
  • Asian (532)
  • Hispanic/Latino (17,800)
  • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander (253)
  • White/Caucasian (12,798)
  • Multi-Racial/Other (728)

Ages

  • Under 18 (4,706)
  • 18-24 (2,956)
  • 25-54 (29,964)
  • 55-61 (7,887)
  • 62 & Older (4,872)
(For Men, Women & Children)

Gender

  • Male - (33,732)
  • Female (15,565)
  • Transgender (909)
  • Gender Nonconforming (179)

Learn More

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