STATEMENT: Mayor Garcetti on the release of LAHSA Homeless Count figures

“The numbers from this year's Homeless Count show real progress, even as we face the real challenges of tomorrow. Because for the first time in nine years, we finally have some good news. Just a few years ago, our approach to homelessness was dysfunctional — with too many government agencies that didn’t see themselves as a single team. But today, everyone is in, and we are pressing relentlessly forward until every Angeleno has a safe place to sleep at night.” — Mayor Eric Garcetti

According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority annual Point-in-Time Count, overall homelessness in the City of Los Angeles decreased by 5% to 31,516 people. Voters overwhelmingly passed two homelessness initiatives to help combat the crisis: Measure H is paying for services that are expected to help lift 45,000 people out of homelessness; Proposition HHH is estimated to build up to 10,000 units of permanent supportive housing over the next decade. Mayor Garcetti also fought to pass an affordable housing linkage fee, which will double the City’s production of affordable housing, and is lobbying Governor Brown to pass a budget that would allocate $1.5 billion to help cities address the emergency needs of  their homeless populations.