The homeless population across Los Angeles County rose 5.7% from last year to more than 46,000 despite declines in the number homeless veterans and families, according to the results of January’s Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. Homelessness grew at much higher rates within the City of Los Angeles, including the area that includes Atwater Village, East Hollywood, Echo Park and Silver Lake, where the homeless count jumped more than 30% from the previous year.
Homelessness within the City of Los Angeles rose by 11% to 28,464, according to figures released today by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, a county agency that oversees the annual homeless count.
The count broke down the results by census tract and city council districts that include Eastside neighborhoods:
- Council District 1, which includes all or portions of Cypress Park, Glassell Park, Highland Park, Lincoln Heights, Mt. Washington & Westlake, reported a 1% increase in the homeless population to 1,986. This area includes the Arroyo Seco, which has seen numerous homeless sweeps during the past year. Map
- Council District 4, which stretches from Los Feliz to Sherman Oaks, saw virtually no change in homelessness, which stood at 628 based on the January count. Map
- Council Distict 13, which includes all or portions of Atwater, Echo Park, East Hollywood, Elysian Valley and Silver Lake, posted a 34% rise in homelessness to 3,036 persons. The council district has seen numerous homeless sweeps along the 101 Freeway corridor. Map
- Council District 14, which stretches from Downtown L.A. to Eagle Rock, saw the number of homeless drop by 11%, one of only three council districts with a decline. However, it’s not clear if the decline was concentrated in Downtown, which has traditionally been home to a large homeless population, or other parts of the district. MAP
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