Los Angeles County’s homeless population has soared 23% over last year despite increasing success in placing people in housing, according to the latest annual count released Wednesday.
The sharp rise, to nearly 58,000, suggested that the pathway into homelessness continues to outpace intensifying efforts that — through rent subsidies, new construction, outreach and support services — got more than 14,000 people permanently off the streets last year.
Measure H, a quarter-cent Los Angeles County sales tax to fund anti-homelessness programs, maintained the two-thirds majority needed for approval in a final ballot tally released Monday.
The measure’s backers already declared victory on Friday, when an update showed it had a safe margin above two-thirds. The final results have the measure finishing with 69.37 percent of the “yes” vote.
Locals who like to run and want to sweat for a cause can now sign up for the annual Home Run for Kids to help local homeless families.
The 5th Annual Home Run for Kids is a chip timed 10K, 5K and a Kiddie K run and walk held in the Brentwood neighborhood. It’s a significant fundraiser for Upward Bound House, a non-profit organization providing housing for homeless children and their families in Los Angeles.