LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority on Tuesday released citywide and district-specific results of the 2019 Homeless Count, which shows Los Angeles’ homeless population is at 36,300 -- a 16 percent increase over the previous year.
In the 13th Council District which is represented by Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, there are 2,983 people experiencing homelessness, which is a decrease of 13 individuals from the previous year.
“While it's encouraging to know that in the last several months we placed dozens of people into emergency and permanent housing, the work continues to address the housing crisis throughout the 13th District,” said Councilmember O’Farrell. “My team and I are pressing forward with plans to create more housing for the formerly homeless, establish safe places for overnight parking, and continue to work with our community partners to help lift folks out of poverty. This is my immediate goal as the Chair of the Homelessness and Poverty Committee, and I know it is a shared vision with many across the 13th District and City.”
The Councilmember and his team have been working to address the crisis on several fronts: Late last year we worked with the YWCA in housing 60 formerly homeless women and in March the first Bridge Housing facility opened in Hollywood, housing 72 individuals at a time as we build pipelines to move them into permanent housing; Echo Park residents and stakeholders are preparing the work to build supportive housing off Glendale Blvd next to the Foursquare Church parking structure; a pilot program to offer overnight safe parking is about to launch in Echo Park; and, through critical funding from Measure HHH, more than 180 units of permanent housing are under construction near Koreatown.
“While the slight decrease in the homeless count in the 13th District is encouraging, I care about reducing homelessness everywhere. The work toward providing more rapid re-housing, permanent supportive housing, and other forms of stabilized housing will continue to be an urgent priority across Los Angeles,” said O’Farrell. My goal is to establish initiatives that will lift people out of poverty while addressing the fundamental causes of homelessness in Los Angeles.”
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority will present the results of the 2019 Homeless Count on Wednesday, June 5, 3 p.m., at Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N Spring Street, Room 1010, Los Angeles during the Homelessness and Poverty Committee meeting.