Report Claims that Los Angeles County’s Homeless need more than Housing to stay off the Streets
According to an analysis conducted by the Economic Roundtable, housing alone will not solve Los Angeles County’s homelessness problem. The report recommends that a more strategic effort aimed at early intervention is needed to prevent people from becoming homeless or remaining homeless. The report looks at 26 sets of data to better understand the characteristics of the homeless population and their needs. The goal of the report is to find the best way to help people out of homelessness and prevent them from becoming chronically homeless. The report states,
Los Angeles County’s current population of chronically homeless individuals is the cumulative outcome of many years of slow attrition into persistent homelessness.
The report claims that along with housing programs, job-training and employment programs are needed that are aimed at those who recently fell into homelessness or are close to being homeless in order to help reduce the homeless population. According to the report, almost half (48 percent) of homeless individuals are homeless for a month or less, so efforts should be focused on this group of people to make a larger impact on the number of people who later become chronically homeless. Shockingly, out of those who become homeless, an estimated 2,600 to 5,600 people per year become chronically homeless. According to Economic Roundtable President Dan Flaming, there are an estimated 600,000 people in Los Angeles County who are living in poverty and are paying 90 percent of their paycheck toward rent. Hopefully, the findings from the report are able to help organizations that help homeless people better understand what else can be done to help them besides providing housing.