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Homelessness up 12% in L.A. city and county
Homelessness up 12% in L.A. city and county

The homeless population jumped 12% in the last two years in both the city and county of Los Angeles, driven by soaring rents, low wages and stubbornly high unemployment, according to a report released Monday. In one of the most striking findings, the number of tents, makeshift encampments and vehicles occupied by homeless people soared 85%, to 9,535, according to biennial figures from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. “It's everywhere now; the encampments are in residential neighborhoods, they're outside of schools,” said L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin, who represents Venice. “It's jarring. … It shows we've got a hell of a lot of...

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