San Fernando Valley sees shift in Homeless People due to rise in L.A. County Homelessness
According to a homeless count result in June, the increases in homelessness in the San Fernando Valley have resulted in a slight shift from the east end to the west, with a large spike in the Encino area. The homeless count results showed an overall increase of four percent across the San Fernando Valley. The increase also coincides with the 23 percent surge across Los Angeles County. Los Angeles Councilman Paul Krekorian, who represents parts of the Valley in Council District 2, states:
The results of the homeless count show that we need to focus not only on providing services to the existing homeless population, but also on finding ways to prevent families from falling into homelessness without any hope of getting back out. Ultimately, Valley residents need to be front and center in the ongoing search for solutions to this crisis, and I believe we’re making strides in that direction.
Most of the people who are homeless in the Valley are in Arleta, Lake Balboa, Panorama City, and Van Nuys. These cities in the Valley saw a 10 percent spike that brought the total of homeless people living in the area to 2,047. Meanwhile, the other Council Districts in Los Angeles saw a decrease in the number of homeless people such as Council Districts 3 and 12, which include cities such as Canoga Park and Northridge. As more people become homeless, there will be more shifts in where homeless people live, which could severely impact communities that may not know how to respond to the increase in homeless people.