Homelessness In LA County Jumps 12 Percent In 2 Years

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The number of homeless people in Los Angeles County jumped 12 percent in the past two years and officials say that's due to a critical lack of affordable housing.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority announced Monday that there were more than 44,000 homeless people, based on biennial counts conducted in January.

On the plus side, the study found the number of homeless veterans had dipped around 6 percent to around 4,000.

In a statement, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said ending homelessness is one of his top priorities but more must be done.

A study released last month found that the city of LA spends $100 million a year to deal with homelessness - but has no coordinated approach for dealing with the problem.

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