Resources & Statistics

According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) 2017 Homeless Count conducted in January 2017:

  • Homelessness in Los Angeles County increased 23% to 57,794 in 2017 from 46,874 in 2016 according to the Point In Time Count in January 2017, despite:
  • 14,214 formerly homeless individuals moving into permanent housing during the preceding 12 months (January 2016 to January 2017);
  • In January 2017, 74% of homeless population was unsheltered in LA County (42,828) vs 26% Sheltered (14,966);
  • In January 2017, 14,412 individuals homeless individuals resided in vehicles and encampments;
  • The 2017 Youth Count figure found that 5,645 individuals ages 18-24 were homeless, an increase of over 60% from 2016;
  • During the years 2000 – 2014 Los Angeles County’s inflation adjusted median rent increased 28% while median renter income declined 8%;
  • Los Angeles County needs 551,807 more affordable homes for every and extremely low income households;


  • Ventura County realized its lowest number of homeless since 2007 with 1,152 individuals identified in the January 2017 Point In Time Homeless Count.
    • Of the 1,152 persons counted in 2017, 664 or 57.6% were unsheltered, while 488, or 42.4% were living in shelters
  • The 2017 Homelessness count identified a total of 1,489 individuals in Santa Barbara County. This was an increase of 2% over the 2015 count (Santa Barbara does a bi-annual count);
    • Of that total 860 were sheltered; and 629 were unsheltered.


  • Los Angeles County voters passed Proposition H which levied a ¼ cent sales tax increase which should generate $355 million a year over the next 10 years aimed at preventing and combatting homelessness; and
  • Los Angeles City voters passed a $1.2 billion bond measure aimed at building and estimated 10,000 units of permanent housing.
  • Both Ventura County and Santa Barbara counties are doing a much improved job of coordinating efforts to aid those who remain homeless.
  • SVdPLA Social Services Department placed over 200 individuals and families in permanent housing in the tri-county area of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties during fiscal year 2016-2017!


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 in Los Angeles County: call 213-229-9966 or email