A Look at Homelessness and Crime in LA

By Nisha Venkat

The number of people experiencing homelessness in the City of Los Angeles is rising rapidly. But the number of homeless people who become victims of a crime is rising even faster. 

The situation reflects the devastating combination of a regional lack of affordable housing with the extreme social and emotional vulnerability of people experiencing homelessness. 

The homeless population in the city grew for the second consecutive year, jumping 14.2%, to 41,920, according to the annual homeless count released earlier this month, conducted by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. That’s also a more than 60% spike since 2015, when 25,686 people were without housing.  (The new LAHSA count was conducted over three nights in January, and does not reflect the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic). READ MORE.