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Homelessness In Los Angeles Is Still A Growing Problem

Despite efforts to reduce homelessness in Los Angeles, new numbers show the issue there has hit a new high.
Posted at 7:29 PM, Jun 06, 2017

Homelessness in Los Angeles has hit a new high. There are 23 percent more homeless people in Los Angeles County this year than in 2016.

More than 57,000 people are homeless there.

This issue has gotten attention over the years.

"They're talking about $100 million to try and help combat homelessness here," CBS Los Angeles reporter Joy Benedict said in 2015.

And last year, county supervisors declared a state of emergency.

So what's at the root of the issue? Well, high living costs in LA are partly to blame.

Efforts over the years haven't resolved the growing amount of homeless people.

But Los Angeles officials and residents aren't ready to give up just yet.

A few months ago, voters there decided to up their taxes. That money will be funneled toward efforts to reduce homelessness, like providing housing units.