Homelessness Statistics

According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) 2016 Homeless Count:

  • Homelessness in Los Angeles County increased 5.7% to 46,874 in 2016 from 44,359 in 2015, including LA Continuum of Care (CoC), and neighboring CoCs of Glendale, Long Beach, Pasadena
  • 74% of homeless population is unsheltered in LA County (12,347) vs 26% Sheltered (34,527)
  • 43,854 people were found to be homeless in January 2016 in the LA Continuum of Care (CoC), an increase of 2,680 people, or 6.5% from 41,174 in 2015
  • Youth Count figure of 2,388 homeless individuals ages 18-24 adds majority of Countywide increase

However, the good news is that:

  • Veteran homelessness fell 30% to 3,071 veterans in 2016 from 4,362 in 2015
  • Unsheltered veterans decreased by 44% to 1,618 in 2016 from 2,889 in 2015
  • Family homelessness fell 18% (homeless family members) to 6,611 in 2016 from 8,103 in 2015
  • Unsheltered family members decreased by 35% to 1,998 family members in 2016 from 3,071 in 2015
  • 13,828 housing placements in 2015 – including 3,812 veterans and 6,867 family members housed

Through the combined efforts of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Social Services programs, and partner agencies throughout Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties, and with the support of our corporate partners, charitable foundations, and local governments, and donors like you we will continue to make a difference in eliminating homelessness!

For more information: 213-229-9966 or email us at socialservices@svdpla.org