Homelessness Is Increasing, And L.A. Officials Are Still Acting Surprised

Los Angeles County officials reported today that homelessness has increased 12% in the past year. The Board of Supervisors conducted the count and found about 59,000 homeless people countywide, and more than 36,000 vagrants within the city of Los Angeles alone. But the craziest news... is that officials are surprised!

“Last year's count, we felt we were trimming in a way that would suggest we were getting our arms around this,” Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas told The Los Angeles Times. . “And yet this year we are pretty well stunned by this data.”

Oh my! It's almost as if... We haven't been broadcasting every single day... For the past year (at least!) about how the vagrants are out of control... And something needs to change... Hmm...

When Mayor Eric Garcetti heard the news, he called it "heartbreaking," despite his recent $42 million investment towards 'helping' the crisis. Don't forget that he once promised to open homeless shelters in every council district, but has only been able to open three...

“This work has never been for the faint of heart, and we cannot let a set of difficult numbers discourage us, or weaken our resolve,” he said.

Read the full report on the Los Angeles Times.

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