Statement by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas On the 2019 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count

“It is the height of contradiction that in the midst of great prosperity across the Golden State, we are also seeing unprecedented increases in homelessness. It is simply not golden for everyone.

“We are building a robust safety net in LA County, but we have to work upstream to address the economic inequities and lack of affordable housing that are becoming, far too often, the attributing factors to our fellow Angelenos falling into homelessness.

“There is no rest for the weary and there is no retreat. We must intensify our collective efforts, and keep our eye on the prize. The bottom line is that there is no room for complacency.

“Thanks to Measure H, LA County has a more robust safety net to catch those needing assistance, and we are helping more people than ever before. For example, outreach workers connected with 34,000 people last year, shelters helped bring 24,000 off the streets, and 22,000 people accessed housing and stayed housed. The situation would be so much more dire without Measure H.

“This crisis is dynamic and we need cooperation from all levels of government and residents in this immense battle. We need to be All IN to get Everyone In.”

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas with street outreach workers who are on the frontlines in the fight against homelessness. Photo by Bryan Chan / Board of Supervisors