LA County 2019 Homeless Count was released this week, see the results below and the implications this has for the families we serve!
Quick Facts About Homelessness in LA County:
- 58,936 people are experiencing homelessness in LA County a 12% increase from last year.
- This includes 8,799 family members (5,214 children & 3,585 parents) a 6% increase.
- 3,940 people are homeless because they have fled domestic violence, a 28% increase.
Quick Facts About Door of Hope Service Areas:
- San Gabriel Valley: Homelessnessincreased by 24%, including a 31.5% increase in family homelessness.
- San Fernando alley: Homelessness increased by 4% but showed a 38.5% decrease in family homelessness.
Most troubling for Door of Hope families, family homelessness, homelessness because of domestic violence, and first-time homelessness all increased in LA County.
First Time Homelessness
Is On The Rise:
63% of unsheltered adults are experiencing homelessness for the first time.
- 23% lost their housing in 2018.
- 40% lost their housing in 2017 or earlier and have still not found new housing.
*LA CoC numbers exclude Glendale, Pasadena, and Long Beach.
Prevention is a vital part of the solution for first-time homeless families.
High rents and low wages are fueling the homelessness crisis:
- 53% of people experiencing first-time homelessness cited “Economic Hardship” as a leading factor.
- An LA renter earning minimum wage (13.25/hr) would need to work 79 hours per week to afford rent on a 1- bedroom apartment.
- 1/3 of LA households spend more than 50% of their household income on rent.
How You Can Help:
$50 – Case Management & Financial Education
$250 – Utility Assistance