The county’s homeless population jumped to 66,436 in early 2020, up 13% from a year earlier. Since then, the LAHSA has stopped counting.
The city itself is home to over 13 million people.
Los Angeles reportedly accounts for about 20% of the US homeless population, and an average of five such persons die each day.
Even as an average of 205 homeless people in Los Angeles County are finding housing each day, 225 were losing their dwellings.
Large tent communities have sprung up along city streets and in public parks. City officials have been criticized for forcibly clearing out some of the encampments without providing a place for the occupants to go. Earlier this month, the Los Angeles City Council banned homeless camps within 500 feet of schools and day care centers.