Resources & Statistics

According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) 2019 Homeless Count in June 2019:

  • Homelessness in Los Angeles County increased 12% to 58,936 in 2019 from 52,765 in 2018 according to the Point In Time Count in June 2019
  • 21,631 formerly homeless individuals moved into housing in 2018, a 23% increase from the previous year and more than double from 2014
  • 5,643 people were prevented from entering homelessness
  • 75% of the homeless population was unsheltered in LA County (44,214) vs 25% Sheltered (14,722)
  • 16,528 homeless individuals resided in vehicles and 11,086 resided in encampments
  • Youth homelessness increased by 24% from 3,164 in 2018 to 3,926 in 2019
  • Wages have not kept pace with rental cost. An LA renter earning minimum wage ($13.25/hr) would need to work 79 hours to afford a 1-bedroom apartment
  • Los Angeles County needs 516,946 more affordable housing units to meet the needs of low-income renters


  • Ventura County saw a 28.5% increase in the number of homeless adults and children in 2019 (1,669) compared to 2018 (1,299)
    • Of the 1,699 persons counted in 2019, 1,258 or 75.4% were unsheltered, while 411, or 24.6% were living in shelters
  • The 2019 Homelessness Count identified a total of 1,803 individuals in Santa Barbara County. This was a 3% decrease from the 2017 count of 1,860. (Santa Barbara does a bi-annual count)
    • Of that 1,803, 670 were sheltered; and 1,133 were unsheltered.


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!

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