Number of homeless people in Los Angeles jumps twenty-three percent in a year
Los Angeles, the second most populous city in the USA, is also known as homeless capital of America. The number of people living on streets has ascended drastically in the past few years. As per stats, the number has increased from 46,874 in 2016 to 57,794 in 2017, i.e. the rate of increase in homeless people has increased by approx. 23%, the figures revealed.
Experts believe that spiralling rents and high costs of living are major factors for this problem. Mayor, Eric Garcetti, agreed to the point and added that “We can’t let rents double every year,”. Average rent for people living in LA County has increased from 32% since 2000 and income of people renting have fallen by 3%, as stated by California Housing Partnership.
“Even as work is being done to get thousands of people off the street and into housing, more and more people are becoming homeless. It is clear that if we are going to end the homeless crisis, we need to stem the overwhelming tide of people falling into homelessness.”, said Janice Hahn, Supervisor, Los Angeles County.
Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, which was set up in 1993 to tackle this problem and has been working hard to solve this problem, stated that county needs to build more than 555,000 rental homes at affordable rates for low-income households.
$1.2 Billion in bonds has been approved by LA authorities to build around ten thousand new homes for homeless people.