Significant Increases in LA County Homeless Veteran Population
June15, 2017 – Los Angeles County’s homeless population has soared 23% over last year despite increasing success in placing people in housing, according to the latest annual count
released at the end of May. The number of veterans experiencing homelessness rocketed with a 57% increase from 2016 to 2017. Veterans placed into housing saw a 5% decrease from 2015, yet 4,828 homeless veterans (sheltered and unsheltered) were identified in the 2017 count. What contributed to these increases? Some speculate that methodological changes might have impacted the results, others suggest the tight rental market and high costs of housing may be a factor.