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Los Angeles accused in artificially low homelessness figures


The Los Angeles Homelessness Services Authority, a joint commission created by the city and county of Los Angeles, released a report this week that was upbeat, claiming that the county had witnessed an increase in its homeless population of “only” 4.1percent between 2020 and 2022, a significant dip from previous years. However, the report was swiftly condemned by homelessness advocates and homeless individuals as wildly out of touch with reality, and KCBS-TV in Los Angeles found several areas where the report was plainly incorrect.

Jessica Rogers, a volunteer who helped LAHSA perform its count this year, told KCBS that “LAHSA did not get the count right. Nowhere close. Nowhere near.” She told KCBS that when she went to help count the homeless in February, she was “scared for her life.”

In one area, she claims that she reported a count of 297 homeless individuals, but the LAHSA report inexplicably stated that zero homeless individuals lived in that area. Rogers stated that she tried to report the numbers through the counting app provided by LAHSA, but it repeatedly crashed, so she texted in the number.

“I remember very well what I saw and where I saw it and what it was like,” Rogers said. “And to find out that LAHSA…

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