Tuesday, June 21, 2005

we're number one - in homeless

after an "exhaustive" three-day census in january the results are in - Los Angeles county has 90,000 homeless residents:
The numbers from the street count were higher than previous estimates, which indicated that between 78,000 and 84,000 people were homeless in the county at any given time. The count also raised the estimate of the number of people who are chronically homeless, from 7,500 to 35,000. It also showed that Los Angeles far outstrips New York, Chicago and San Francisco in the size of its homeless population.

the good news is the latest census complies with requests from HUD that asked cities that receive federal aid for the homeless to provide more statistically accurate counts. let's hope these numbers at least mobilize city officials to become more proactive. [via archinect]


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