LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The number of homeless people in Los Angeles County surged by 12 percent over the last year to nearly 59,000 living on the streets, according to data released Tuesday.

Of that number, almost three-fourths of those people are sleeping in cars, tents and other makeshift shelters, according to the county’s 2019 Biennial Homeless Count.

That number represents a roughly 50 percent increase since 2011 and totals a population equivalent to that of Arcadia, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The data was presented by Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) executive director Peter Lynn during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

“We have the largest unsheltered population in the nation and one of the largest homeless counts across America. Only New York has more people experiencing homelessness on any given night,” said Lynn.

The city of Los Angeles saw a 16 percent increase in its numbers.

Long Beach, by comparison, saw a slight decrease – 2 percent – in the number of people experiencing homeless in 2019, with levels roughly 40 percent below numbers in 2011.

The 2019 count found 1,894 people in Long Beach were homeless in 2019, compared with 1,863 in 2017 – a difference of 31 individuals.

Comments (7)
  1. Francis Mulhare says:

    Officials are “stunned”.. Really?? The average 1 bedroom in LA costs around $2100 per mo. The average wage in the US is around $26 per hour..BUUT..the median is $16 per hour which suggests that a small number of extreme earners are dragging that average upwards and the median is a more accurate reflection of the true average. If you are truly an average earner you are taking home between $7-800 per week or around $3000 per mo which means that your 1 bedroom is consuming 70% of your income. The general rule is that you should spend no more than 30% of your income on housing. To me the surprising thing is that there are not more people living on the streets because there sure as hell are a lot of people living on the edge!!