Membership
Get unlimited digital access. Try it today for only $0.99.
Topics

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Los Angeles County spends $1 billion managing homelessness, report finds

Los Angeles County spends $1 billion managing homelessness, report finds

Los Angeles County spends close to $1 billion a year caring for and managing homeless people, with a majority of the money going to their health needs, according to a new report.

More than half of the $577 million in health spending went to mental health treatment, the county study found. Another $294 million was for cash benefits and food stamps for homeless individuals.

While much of the health-related costs are covered by the state through the Medi-Cal program, welfare payments and food stamps are not. Largely as a result of general relief cash benefits, the county's biggest payout from its own general fund, $176 million, goes to the department of public social services,...

Loading
58°