. It’s hard to believe that homelessness still rises to a crisis level in so many places across the U.S. And it pains me to see the crisis grow even worse in my home state of California.
In Los Angeles County, my own backyard, the homeless population has grown to almost 59,000 people this year. That’s a 12 percent increase from last year.
Some 75 percent of these individuals are spending all day and all night outside, without proper sanitation. This is now raising concerns of an impending health crisis as well.
Los Angeles County spent $619 million last year in an effort to combat homelessness. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has been faithfully working to address this problem and has announced additional resources that will be provided, including 7,000 new housing units and 2,000 shelter beds.
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People across the state are grieving for those affected. The money spent on temporary housing and short-term rental subsidy programs is a step in the right direction and I’m glad to know our leaders care deeply about those who need help the most.