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Homeless Population Rises Across County, With 28,000 Homeless in L.A. Alone

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A man pulling a line of shopping carts pauses along Ninth Street in downtown Los Angeles. (Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Homelessness rose 11% in the city of Los Angeles and 5.7% in the county last year despite an intensive federal push that slashed the county ranks of homeless veterans by nearly a third, according to a report released Wednesday.

The increase marks the fourth consecutive year of rising homelessness in L.A., as local officials struggle to identify funding for billion-dollar plans they approved to solve the nation’s most intractable homeless problem.

The most visible form of homelessness — tents, shantytowns and vehicles with people living in them — climbed 20% across most of the county, on top of a staggering 85% jump the previous year.

Countywide, nearly 47,000 homeless people were counted in 2016, up from 44,000 in 2015 and 39,000 in 2013, the homeless report said. Nearly two thirds — 28,000 — were in the city of Los Angeles.

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