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LA City Officials Seek Third-Party Homeless Count, Audit of Previous Counts

LOS ANGELES—Some City Council members are calling for options to have a third party conduct a count of Los Angeles’ unhoused population and a multi-year audit of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s (LAHSA) previous counts, according to two motions filed Sept. 20.
LAHSA has conducted point-in-time homeless counts every year since 2015—with the exception of last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year’s count, released earlier this month, showed a 4.1 percent increase in the number of unhoused people in Los Angeles County since 2020.
The city saw a 1.7 percent increase in homelessness since 2020, but Council President Nury Martinez’s office noted that the trends were not consistent across council districts….

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