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My Takeaways from the 2024 Homeless Count Data

My Takeaways from the 2024 Homeless Count Data

My Takeaways From the 2024 Homeless Count Data

By Scott Ito, Special Project Manager, LTSC Homeless Services

As someone who works on the issue of housing and homelessness, it’s felt like an uphill battle for years. While we’ve made big strides with policies like Prop HHH, Measure H, Measure ULA and more, critics have pointed fingers at the lack of instant results. But, I like to think of it this way: the homelessness crisis picked up speed and snowballed out of control like a runaway train. It will take big and consistent effort to stop it, and the result won’t be instantaneous. But given time to work, the train will slow down. And now, we have validation that our traction is yielding results.

a chart showing the changes over time to the LA homeless population

Infographic via LAHSA.

Recently published data from the 2024 Homeless Count by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) indicates a decrease in homelessness for the first time in many years. And while that’s definitely worth celebrating, we still have a long way to go before the crisis is under control. Here are my key takeaways from the 2024 Homeless Count data:

The Good

This year’s homeless count decreased by 2.2%, permanent housing is up 18% (an all-time high), and unsheltered homelessness is down 12.7% in the City of LA. This validates that programs, investments and policies are working, and indicates we’re heading in the right direction.

The Bad

Some demographics, like seniors experiencing homelessness, continue to increase. At LTSC, we’ve also seen a spike in AAPI homelessness. Rent continues to remain unaffordable and eviction rates continue to climb throughout LA.

The Ugly

Any amount of homelessness is unacceptable. The data signals that while we’re heading in the right direction, we still have a long way to go. So we celebrate progress, and continue to forge ahead.

The Path Forward

Double down on efforts that are showing results, and gain momentum. For us, this means continuing to advocate for policies, build housing, provide services, and work in coalition. For you, this could mean voting for important measures (like the Affordable Housing, Homelessness Solutions and Prevention Now Measure on the November ballot), volunteering, and getting your networks involved.

A group of staff holding clipboards and folders pointing
(From left to right) Erich Nakano, Avalon Igawa, Takao Suzuki, and Scott Ito at the 2024 LA Homeless Count Downtown Site.
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