Los Angeles County Contends with Surge in Homelessness

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas sat down with Charter Local Edition host Brad Pomerance to discuss the crisis of homelessness, the County’s plan to address it, and the issue of Cannabis Commerce in the County.

“Los Angeles is the epicenter of homelessness in the nation,” said Chairman Ridley-Thomas.

The most recent 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count found Los Angeles County’s homeless population increased 23 percent over the past year to 57,794 —underscoring the urgency of the crisis and the need for action.

In its first five years, Measure H aims to help 45,000 families and individuals escape homelessness and to enable 30,000 others to remain housed. In March 2017, County voters approved Measure H by 69.34%, creating a ¼-cent sales tax to combat homelessness. The board recently approved a wide-ranging set of recommendations by a 50-member panel to put Measure H funds to work for the County’s homeless citizens. This landmark funding plan commits nearly $259 million to fight homelessness in the next fiscal year—and tentatively earmarks more than $1 billion to the effort over the next three fiscal years.