Homeless Population Spikes 16% In Los Angeles, Stunning Officials

Los Angeles city and county officials have blamed the housing crisis for the homelessness problem on their streets.

Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles city and county officials have given up on “ending homelessness” after a dramatic increase in the number of people living on the streets and blamed the whole mess on the housing crisis.

Despite multibillion dollar efforts to curb the city’s homeless problem, homelessness in Los Angeles County increased by 12 percent to almost 59,000 people in 2018, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The city of Los Angeles’ homeless population grew even more, climbing 16 percent to more than 36,000 people without housing.

Approximately 75 percent of the homeless population in both the county and the city are living outside, contributing to a growing health crisis, The Lost Angeles Times reported.

Rats and trash surrounding homeless encampments has been blamed for an outbreak in the bacteria that causes typhoid fever.

At the end of May, at least two Los Angeles police detectives who work in the Central District had fallen ill and were being treated. Another detective had gone home sick with symptoms but had not yet been officially diagnosed.

Before the epidemic hit the police department, Deputy City Attorney Liz Greenwood was diagnosed with it in April, according to KNBC.

It took two months for the veteran prosecutor to recover before she could return to work.

“Unfortunately, our police officers often patrol in adverse environments and can be exposed to various dangerous elements,” the LAPD said in a statement. “We have notified the Police Protective League as well as our employees working at Central Division, about the outbreak and we have further provided them with strategies to stay healthy while we mitigate this issue.”

The city has been waging a war against an exploding rat population for several years as more homeless encampments have popped up in more parts of the city, KNBC reported.

“At this point of unprecedented wealth in the county of Los Angeles, we are equally confronted with unprecedented poverty manifesting itself in the form of homelessness,” Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas told the Los Angeles Times.

The data was especially disappointing to county leaders who celebrated a modest decrease in homelessness in 2017.

The Los Angeles Times reported that county officials were confused as to how the homeless problem had grown in the same year they spent millions of dollars on new programs to put people into shelters and long-term housing.

Despite the fact that funds from a 2017 sales tax increase helped get 20,000 more people off the streets in 2018, the number of people becoming homeless outpaced the county’s efforts by far.

“Last year's count, we felt we were trimming in a way that would suggest we were getting our arms around this,” Ridley-Thomas said. “And yet this year we are pretty well stunned by this data.”

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti referred to the crisis as “heartbreaking” but expressed optimism that a new $42 million investment to help respond to public health concerns and provide more street-based services to those living outside would help reduce the problem.

“This work has never been for the faint of heart, and we cannot let a set of difficult numbers discourage us, or weaken our resolve,” the mayor told the Los Angeles Times.

Garcetti previously promised to open up homeless shelters in every council district of the city but has so far only succeeded in launching three.

Both the county and the city have backed off their promise of “ending homelessness” and have gone into triage mode, the Los Angeles Times reported.

City officials and leaders of nonprofits who help the homeless have declared that the homelessness problem won’t be adequately solved until the housing crisis in the region is addressed.

“If we don't change the fundamentals of housing affordability, this is going to be a very long road,” Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Executive Director Peter Lynn told the Los Angeles Times. “If we don't get ahead of affordability, we're going to be very hard pressed to get ahead of homelessness.”

Comments (60)
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Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Next you'll tell me they don't have WIFI!!!!!

Ljubica48
Ljubica48

Homelessness has become a big business, with lots of bureaucrats employed, and lots of money to be spent. It is not in their interests to solve the problem, as they would have to go out and find a real job then.

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LEO0301
LEO0301

I wonder which LA squatters camp @Hi_estComnDenomnn lives in?

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Keep that liberal agenda going and it will keep growing! I love it, immigrants keep squatting on the streets, homeless people of America, the socialist-liberal country of Kalifornia welcomes you with open arms, a sidewalk to call your own and free shit...go now!!

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Ya, throw another 42 million at it, it won’t fix it, it will just bring more. I think if we can get all the homeless and illegals into Kalifornia, Oregon and Washington we call wall off the entire coast.

Do-The-Job-Right
Do-The-Job-Right

All Police, All Government Employees, and All Politicians should live the life of homeless for 1 weekend a year.

All citizens should be required to help homeless.

Not all homeless adults and children are Alcoholics and Drug Addicts. Many homeless have jobs but still cannot afford housing.

The USA is a Joke!

djvd
djvd

As long as the politicians who "run" these blue states aren't directly impacted via their own lack of security, shelter, food and pay .. the problem will grow and fester each day. The infestation of rats began in DC and needs a prompt and serious clean out. Patriots need to get busy.

LynnSB
LynnSB

Now~~ all of you who live in California ~~ Make sure you Thank your Ignorant Governor, Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters for this Bull Shit !!! (make sure you send it to their MANSIONS )

karenek
karenek

IF they want to fix this, they need to go take notes from cities run by Republicans, that don't have this kind of horrendous situation. It's not humane, and should be considered criminal.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Do the job right said "You would not want me moving to North Korea because I would volunteer to push the button 🤣.Yes, my boat is currently under contract to sail."

Why yes we would want you moving to North Korea. Enjoy your kimchi and please say hi to Kim Jong-un. Well hey its been nice chatting with you and Bon Voyage........... Wait, your still here................Hmm..but your not leaving ........that wasn't just big talk was it?

Rangerbane2
Rangerbane2

Two words. SANCTUARY CITY.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Police officers hate homeless people -- that is for sure!

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Funny, don't remember hearing much about homeless peps during the Barock InsaneO's 8 years. Wonder why?

Olehippie
Olehippie

It took the Democrats a while but now people in California can experiance what it's like to live in down town Detroit and not have to leave their state. I think they should just throw more money at it and not look for ways to fix it.

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Thank your liberals..

Rayb
Rayb

Does the money really go to the homeless problem? Or does it go to the burocrats..

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

It's no coincidence that the Republic of Commifornia, the Liberal Capital of the United States, is the biggest shit hole of the United States.

Janken
Janken

RUN BY DEMOCRATS. NEED I SAY AMYMORE

sanman899
sanman899

Shithole keeps getting shittier.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

It's funny, almost all the states that have decriminalized marijuana are having increasing issues with homelessness, medical intervention and unemployment. coincidence? IDK?!?!

Foundoutwest11
Foundoutwest11

I don't like to compare human beings to dogs but when you feed them and make them comfortable, they don't go away.