Homelessness drops across nation, but California count rises
Updated 8:12 pm, Thursday, November 17, 2016
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LOMITA, CA – FEBRUARY 23, 2016 – Richard Lopez, 32, sits in his homeless encampment trying to decide what belongings to gather before sanitation crews arrive to clear him out of an area called, “The Pit,”
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LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 23: A homeless man sleeps on a bus bench on September 23, 2015, in Los Angeles, California. Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council members declared public emergency, the first city in .
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LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 20: Fernando Lopez bathes and does laundry in the Los Angeles River on November 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. With the approach of devastating winter storm conditions due to … more
Homelessness across the United States fell slightly last year but increased in California and other West Coast states, largely due to a shortage of affordable housing, federal officials said Thursday.
Around the nation, homelessness was down 3 percent amid growing scrutiny of the problem. In California, however, homelessness climbed 3 percent, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s annual snapshot assessment of homelessness in America.
“We have a lot left to do,” said HUD Secretary Julian Castro, adding that the incoming Trump administration had a responsibility to continue the effort. “I sure hope the next administration will take the baton and make more progress, and not drop the baton.”
Nationwide, Castro said, there were 549,928 homeless people counted in the “point-of-time” homeless census conducted in January.
LET”S HOPE OUR NEW PRESIDENT & OUR NEW HUD Secretary can do something about it.