Growing Homeless Problem Prompts HUD Leader, Local Officials to Meet

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Amid growing concern about the problem of homelessness in Los Angeles, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is set to meet with local elected officials about the issue.

Secretary Julian Castro will be in Los Angeles on Tuesday to meet with Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Council members and county supervisors, HUD spokesman George Gonzalez said.

No major announcement was expected to come out of the meeting. Gonzalez said it was intended as an “exchange of ideas” on the state of homelessness in Los Angeles.

City and county officials have launched a flurry of activity on the issue since a countywide count showed a 12% jump over the past two years in the number of homeless people living in the city and county of Los Angeles. More than 44,000 homeless people were tallied around the county in January, up from about 39,000 in 2013, and 26,000 were in the city.

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