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.
Countywide, more than 44,000 homeless people were tallied in January, up from more than 39,000 in 2013, the report said. Well over half -- nearly 26,000 -- were in the city of Los Angeles.
A federal civil rights lawsuit filed Monday accused the city of Los Angeles of endangering homeless people by seizing and destroying their tents and bedding and then releasing them from jail into the cold without protection.
Escalating their battle to stamp out an unprecedented spread of street encampments, city officials have begun seizing tiny houses from homeless people in South
On Tuesday, both the county and the city of Los Angeles approved far-reaching and ambitious plans to help homeless people off the streets through a combination
The luncheon was held just south of downtown, with about 100 in attendance. Compared with other galas in this, the host city for Super Bowl 50, the affair was
As Claudia Chaparro drives her car toward the census tract in East L.A. where we will begin counting homeless people, her sister, Victoria Covarubbias, points
My hometown, Portland, Ore., has a serious homelessness problem. Portland is often called the City of Bridges -- more than a dozen cross the Willamette and
The city of Los Angeles is trying to work out a plan for dealing with its vast homeless population. But while strategies are plotted, the job of clearing out homeless encampments goes on.
The death of Barbara Brown, a 60-year-old homeless woman, from exposure to the cold rain on skid row is just the kind of tragedy officials and advocates feared
A new report from city budget analysts says L.A. should spend at least $1.85 billion over the next decade to combat homelessness. Here is what elected officials and others are saying about the plan.
With 44,000 homeless people and encampments spreading across the region, the city and county are set to release another round of plans Thursday to address the crisis.
Los Angeles has struggled for decades to conquer homelessness, only to see the problem grow worse in recent years as tent-and-tarpaulin shantytowns have taken
The simplest solution to chronic homelessness is also the most daunting: Build more housing or retrofit existing units. Then, for the most troubled or disabled
Los Angeles County and its municipalities' current plans to accommodate the homeless throughout the El Niño season are "unconscionable and grossly inadequate,"
State senators on Monday jumped into California's homelessness crisis, proposing to redirect $2 billion to build or rehabilitate permanent housing for mentally ill people living in the streets.
He was sitting on the apartment steps in her placid West Los Angeles neighborhood, his cottony Santa Claus beard clotted and his clothing unwashed. He struggled
Some myths about homelessness get repeated so often that they become accepted as true. But with more than 31,000 people sleeping in our parks and on our
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved $20,000 to keep a Highland Park homeless shelter open during looming El Niño rains, as advocates called on
Los Angeles officials have failed to safeguard the city's growing homeless population as torrential storms approach, and instead are permitting rampant
They began trickling into All Saints' Episcopal Church in Highland Park in the early evening, unfurling sleeping bags along the pews, beneath an abstract
Los Angeles leaders on Wednesday allocated $12.4 million for emergency relief to get homeless people off the streets before the anticipated El Niño winter
In recent months, signs have gone up barring the overnight parking of oversized vehicles on residential and commercial streets from the San Fernando Valley to
No problem has prompted more urgent rhetoric at Los Angeles City Hall this fall than the plight of those who live and sleep unsheltered on L.A.'s streets.
Advocates for homeless people avoid using the phrase "the homeless" because there is no monolithic tribe of people who lost their housing. The details that
It happened on many occasions. Mr. Santana would come out of his apartment in downtown Los Angeles and see the woman in her usual spot, not far from Pershing
The Rev. Andy Bales doesn't need to read the studies to know what's what on L.A.'s skid row. It's flat-out bad -- the worst he's seen in nearly 20 years as the
I represented my first homeless client in 1983. She was living in an old Chevy while she tried, for six weeks, to get help from the county. At least in the old
Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday ruled out declaring an immediate state of emergency to address Los Angeles' homelessness crisis, cutting off for now an avenue
In this 12-part video series, Lisa Biagiotti sets out to put faces to the statistics. But "the homeless" are united only in that they have no place to live. She meets people on the streets, learns about their experiences and explores the issues they face.
Acknowledging the city¿s growing homeless population, the Los Angeles City Council voted 14 to 0 Tuesday to declare a shelter crisis, paving the way for providing temporary housing to homeless men and women in public buildings.
Eight weeks ago, Mayor Eric Garcetti and members of the Los Angeles City Council stood on the grounds of City Hall and declared a state of emergency on
I've taken to carrying dog food in my car, stocking the back seat with the free samples of kibble I get when I buy the big bags.
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday is slated to take up an emergency declaration to attack the city's homelessness crisis with initiatives that could
In recent years, Los Angeles has invested mightily in its public spaces in efforts to create a "world class city." From the loudly-hyped debut of Grand Park, to
Seven weeks after city leaders announced they would seek a formal declaration to jump on the homeless crisis, there is no state of emergency in Los Angeles. The
The nine homeless men living inside a concrete storm drain in Orange County believe they are ready for the floods likely to come raging through if El Niño
Leaping around his rocky beach encampment across from the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades, Sam has it better than many homeless people: sapphire skies, a beach
Thousands of people stream out of Los Angeles county jails, foster homes, hospitals and state prisons with no place to go, overwhelming efforts to stem the rise
Civil rights lawyers plan to ask the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to change rules that they say illegally and systematically knock mentally ill homeless people off the welfare rolls.
A week after Los Angeles city officials announced a plan to commit $100 million toward addressing homelessness, Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to
A group of former Los Angeles County jail inmates said Monday that a recent legal settlement between the Sheriff's Department and federal authorities will
Citing rising crime and burgeoning homelessness, Los Angeles City Council members representing the San Fernando Valley on Thursday called public safety a major
For more than a decade, the Rev. Andy Bales has advocated for the homeless on Los Angeles' skid row, where they often are the victims of violence, patient
Costa Mesa officials say they have no plans to reconsider their decision to remove certain bus stop benches and shelters, a move meant to discourage the
The Los Angeles City Council declared homelessness a local emergency Tuesday, and there's little question about the accuracy of that assessment. More than
Acknowledging their failure to stem a surge in homelessness, Los Angeles' elected leaders on Tuesday said they would declare a "state of emergency" and devote
A year ago, Mayor Eric Garcetti stood with First Lady Michelle Obama before a crowd of 900 in the ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza and pledged to end
Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Thursday she would introduce legislation to move veterans from the county's alleyways and sidewalk shantytowns onto the U.S.
Mayor Eric Garcetti has backed off his pledge to get every homeless veteran off city streets by the end of this year, his spokeswoman said Monday.
Veterans whose behavior got them kicked out of the military have dramatically higher rates of homelessness than those who left under normal circumstances,
About 13,000 people on public assistance tumble into homelessness every month in Los Angeles County, according to a new study that experts say provides the
The running legal and political debate at Los Angeles City Hall over how best to manage street encampments is turning to a new issue: tiny, curbside homes on
Ken Gabel said Los Angeles police threatened to arrest him last month if he didn't clear out his skid row camp. So he agreed to walk with an officer to a nearby
The city of Los Angeles agreed Wednesday to pay $1.1 million to lawyers who successfully challenged a municipal ordinance prohibiting homeless people from
Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer has announced a $270,000 program to wipe homeless people's records clean of minor citations if they accept job training, drug
The mantra in the real estate biz is location, location, location. It's pretty much the same thing in Alice Callaghan's line of work -- housing, housing,
It was a balmy night in January when the team of four young professionals struck out from South El Monte City Hall to walk the dark streets of unfamiliar
A report showing that more than half the $100 million the city of Los Angeles spends each year on homelessness goes to police demonstrates that the city is
Ginger Miller served in the U.S. Navy as a bosun's mate, receiving a medical discharge for an in-service accident. Although her service skills didn't readily