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.