2005 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count - final report released January 12, 2006
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s (LAHSA) 2005 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count has been released. Highlights include
- 88,345 people are estimated to be homeless each night in LA County, with 221,363 persons homeless over the course of a year.
- 11% of the 88,345 persons homeless nightly were in shelters, while 89% went unsheltered.
- 87% of homeless families were not sheltered in 2005, while 13% resided in emergency shelters, or transitional housing.
- The City of LA has 54% of the homeless population in LA County.
- 77% of LA County’s homeless population is outside of the Metro Los Angeles Service Planning Area, which includes Skid Row.
Journal Article "Counting the Homeless in Los Angeles County" Published October 27, 2005
The team of UCLA researchers (Richard Berk, Brian Kriegler and Donald Ylvisaker) who were statistical consultants for the count of homeless residents in Los Angeles County released an article reporting on methods and implementation issues related to this effort. Highlights include:
- The most reliable predictors of homelessness at the census tract level were: (a) median household income, (b) percent vacancy, and (c) percent residential use.
- The “countable” population of homeless residents in Los Angeles County is estimated to be roughly 65,000 to 70,000.
- The increase in the estimated homeless population to 90,000 is attributable to a separate telephone survey and to estimates of homeless residents in jails, hospitals and other institutional settings. The statistical team was not involved in this aspect of the estimate.
- Random sampling procedures were not followed in SPA 4, Metro Los Angeles, resulting in an inadequate sample for estimating the homeless population in this region.
"Life on the Streets" Los Angeles Times series on Skid Row
Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez (pictured) wrote a compelling five-part series about Los Angeles' skid row. The on-line version includes expanded photo-essays, as well as links to previous "Points West" columns related to homelessness. The series shines a spotlight on the complex problems of poverty, drug addiction, and the region's shortage of affordable housing and supportive services that created skid row, and the responsibility we share to change it.
- Part 1: "Demons Are Winning on Skid Row" (October 16, 2005)
- Part 2: "A Corner Where L.A. Hits Rock Bottom" (October 17, 2005)
- Part 3: "Offering Compassion, Not a Cure" (October 18, 2005)
- Part 4: "Street Conversations With the Broken-Down Brigade" (October 19, 2005)
- Part 5: "Urban Renaissance Meets the Middle Ages" (October 20, 2005)
A business called Container City refurbishes used cargo containers into affordable housing. Los Angeles has a major shipping port nearby, and the finshed units are portable. This might be an interum way of solving a growing problem. -
Ed Beecher, Santa Rosa, CA
Homeless Services Authority
LAHSA is a City-County Joint Powers Authority, an independent
unit of local government, formed to address the problems
of homelessness on a regional basis.
Los Angeles Coalition To End Hunger And Homelessness
LACEHH: Los Angeles Plan to End Homelessness
The Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger and Homelessness
(LACEH&H) was established in 1985. In 2003 we have grown
to hundreds of organizational members and individuals who
are organizing, educating, advocating and lobbying through
six key projects.
The Economic Roundtable is a non-profit, public benefit
corporation organized to conduct research and implement
programs that contribute to the economic self-sufficiency
Institute for the Study of Homelessness and Poverty
The Institute for the Study of Homelessness and Poverty,
a project of the Weingart
Center, is a non-profit, non-partisan, research and
policy organization serving the research and networking
needs of academics, government, community based direct service
agencies, policy-advocacy organizations, the media, philanthropic
organizations, policymakers and other members of the community
involved with the issues of homelessness and poverty.
The mission of Beyond Shelter is to combat chronic poverty,
welfare dependency and homelessness among families with
children, through the provision of housing and social services,
and the promotion of systemic change. The agency's "Housing
First Program" is currently being replicated on a national
Bringing America Home
This national initiative is dedicated to the goal of ending
homelessness and centers around The Bringing America Home
Act (H.R. 2897) and other campaign elements.
The Brookings Institution
In its research, The Brookings Institution functions as
an independent analyst and critic, committed to publishing
its findings for the information of the public. In its conferences
and activities, it serves as a bridge between scholarship
and public policy, bringing new knowledge to the attention
of decision-makers and affording scholars a better insight
into public policy issues.
California Budget Project
Just as the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is the
key advocate and researcher on national budget issues, CBP
is the leading respected advocacy voice on the state budget.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
The Center is the leading progressive advocacy voice at
the national level working on fiscal policy issues and issues
affecting low- and moderate-income families and individuals.
The Center specializes in research and analysis oriented
toward policy decisions that policy-makers face at both
federal and state levels.
Center on Law and Social Policy
CLASP is a national non-profit organization with expertise
in both law and policy affecting the poor. Through education,
policy research and advocacy, CLASP seeks to improve the
economic security of low-income families with children and
secure access for low-income persons to our civil justice
The Central City Association -
Downtown's Human Tragedy: It's Not Acceptable Anymore
The Central City Association (CCA), established in 1924,
is a business membership organization representing over
300 businesses, trade associations and non-profits employing
over 250,000 people in Los Angeles County.In November 2002,
CCA released a comprehensive plan to improve the quality
of life in Downtown Los Angeles. The report, titled “Downtown’s
Human Tragedy: It’s Not Acceptable Anymore”
is a public health and safety plan for Downtown’s
eastern area, which has a disproportionate share of the
county’s homeless population. CCA members strongly
believe that the business community has an obligation to
address a crisis that affects our entire community. Therefore,
CCA’s Public Safety, Health and Homelessness Committee
met with Downtown stakeholders and key city and county officials
as it crafted the plan over several months.
Coalition on Human Needs
The Coalition on Human Needs is an alliance of national
organizations working together to promote public policies
that address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable
The Community Model offers homeless people with mental illness what
need most to get off the streets, achieve residential stability, and continue
journey through recovery.
Corporation for Supportive Housing
CSH helps communities create permanent housing with services
to prevent and end homelessness. CSH provides technical
assistance and predevelopment loans.
We empower the homeless HIV/AIDS community by restoring
self esteem, through providing clean under clothing and
other necessary items vital for life on the streets.
Dome Village Homeless Central
The National Plan, by Ted Hayes - http://www.domevillage.org/NHP.htm
The architectural structure of Dome Village is a powerful
visual, forcing all who see it to confront inhumanity.
Village offers a structural alternative for homeless people
who are unable, or unwilling to live in traditional shelters.
The domes are used as a stabilizing tool to provide affordable
transitional housing which is non-threatening to the chronic
homeless person or to the neighboring community. We try
always to create a positive and innovative approach to
homeless people. We try to achieve the goals of alleviating
homelessness and reducing unsightly encampments in our
The Dome Village is comprised of all the outreach programs
that offer services to its' residents and the surrounding
community: Street Without a Name (SWAN), CyberDome, Compton
Cricket Club (CCC), and Urban Farm & Orchard (UFO).
Gramercy Place Shelter
Gramercy Place Shelter is a three month transitional homeless
shelter for families. They provide shelter to families of
any configuration with male and female children up to age
18. They offer case management, counseling, parenting, drug
and alcohol groups, tutoring and various other psychological
and educational groups.
Grass Roots Organizing for Welfare
Grass Roots Organizing for Welfare Leadership (GROWL) is
a national movement of welfare rights and economic justice
organizations that challenges the dominant framework around
welfare reform from a grassroots perspective.
Help Me Help You
A nonprofit community development corporation in Long Beach,
CA, that that provides supportive services to assist homeless
income persons obtain permanent housing and become self-sufficient.
Programs include educational training, employment assistance,
low income housing and other vital services to families
with children and individuals.
Housing California is a statewide coalition of over 1,000
affordable housing and homeless organizations.
Lamp Community's executive director, Mollie Lowery serves
on the Bring LA Home Blue Ribbon Panel. Entering its 20th
year of service, Lamp Community operates nine facilities
in downtown LA, providing food, shelter and services for
people who are homeless and have mental illness. Our nationally
recognized model promotes community and supportive services,
offers life-long assistance, addresses the whole person,
offers flexible employment, provides voluntary health care
and educates to eliminate stigma associated with mental
Los Angeles Community Development
The mission of the City of Los Angeles Community Development
Department is to improve the quality of life in the City
by creating economic, social and employment
opportunities for individuals, families and neighborhoods in need. The CDD recognizes
each homeless individual or family may require specialized and focused case management.
Through its Human Services Delivery System the CDD prepares, coaches or assists
the City’s more disadvantaged populations to live productively and successfully
in an urban environment through an interdependent network of programs, activities
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
- Homeless Advisory Committee
In March, 2003 Sheriff Baca convened a Homeless Advisory
Committee with the intent of collaborating across the
and mainstream efforts to address homelessness.
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
Los Angeles Regional Food bank is a private, nonprofit,
charitable organization that has been serving the disadvantaged
our community for 28 years. The nation’s largest
food bank, it is advocacy oriented as well as the heart
charitable food distribution network that includes over
1,000 food pantries, shelters, group meal sites, residential
treatment centers, soup kitchens, and day care centers
in Los Angeles County.
Low Income Mortgage, Affordable Housing & Homelessness
This guide has been written to help low income earners and the general public to understand the steps and processes required when purchasing affordable housing, as well as inform homeless people about methods and programs to find accommodation. Apart from providing general information on the basics of refinancing and mortgages, by the end of this guide the reader should have a basic understanding of the following:
- Understand what makes a home affordable.
- Be familiar with the various programs available to people seeking affordable housing.
- Programs and options available to the homeless.
- Knowledge of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Organizations that cater to low income / homeless demographic.
- Relevant resources for low income earners.
The Midnight Mission is a 90 year provider of direct services
to homeless and near-homeless individuals and families.
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill -
South Los Angeles Affiliate
NAMI South Central Los Angeles County is a grassroots,
family and consumer self-help support and advocacy organization
dedicated to improving the lives of people with severe
mental illnesses, i.e., schizophrenia, bipolar disorder
(manic depression), clinical depression, panic disorder
and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
National Alliance to End Homelessness
The Alliance is a nationwide federation of public, private,
and nonprofit organizations working to end homelessness.
National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
National Coalition for Homeless Veterans seeks to eliminate
homelessness in the veteran community, and serves as a liaison
between branches of the federal government and community-based
homeless veteran service providers to shape public policy,
educate the public and build the capacity of service providers.
National Coalition for the Homeless
The Coalition is a strong advocacy group to end homelessness
in the following four areas: housing justice, economic justice,
health care justice and civil rights.
National Law Center on Homelessness
The Center's mission is to alleviate, ameliorate and end
homelessness by serving as the legal arm of the nationwide
movement to end homelessness.
National Resource Center on Homelessness
and Mental Illness
The National Resource Center on Homelessness and Mental
Illness is the only national center specifically focused
on the effective organization and delivery of services for
people who are homeless and have serious mental illnesses.
National Student Campaign Against
Hunger & Homelessness
Works with students and community members across the country
to end hunger and homelessness through education, service
and action. NSCAHH trains students on strategies to improve
or create service programs that meet their community's needs.
The Northeast Valley Health Corporation's
Homeless Health Care Project (HHCP)
The HHCP is part of the Cooperative Health Care
for the Homeless Network - a network of Health
Care for the Homeless programs in Los Angeles County. HHCP
provides comprehensive medical and case management services
for the homeless population of the San Fernando Valley.
This project is dedicated to helping people help themselves.
The link above connects directly to the Homeless Health
Project Page, where there is additional information
and links to the Cooperative Health Care for the Homeless
People Assisting The Homeless (PATH)
PATH is a regional homeless agency that provides a full
continuum of services and housing. Its PATH Mall provides
integrated support services that is co-locating dozens
of agencies, and has become a national model.
Project i is a five year study of homeless young people
in Melbourne and Los Angeles. The research focuses on young
people between 12 and 20 years of age who have recently
become homeless. Funded by the National Institute of Mental
Health in the USA, Project i is a collaborative project
between the Key Centre for Women's Health at the University
of Melbourne and the Center for Community Health at the
University of California.
Santa Monica Police-Homeless Liaison
The Homeless Liason Program (H.L.P.) is a specialized law
enforcement team delegated the task of handling homeless-related
issues in Santa Monica, California. Besides utilizing the
traditional law enforcement approach, the Santa Monica Police
Department took the unique path of participating in social
service efforts as well. The overall goals H.L.P. include
ending the cycle for many of the homeless as well as improving
the quality of life for the residents, property, and business
owners in the community.
America's Second Harvest is the nation's largest domestic
hunger relief organization. Through a network of over 200
food banks and food-rescue programs, they distribute food
to 26 million hungry Americans each year, eight million
of whom are children.
Tarzana Treatment Centers
An Integrated Behavioral Healthcare organization providing
comprehensive services at locations in Long Beach, Tarzana,
Reseda, Northridge, and Lancaster.
Union Rescue Mission
Community Reciprocity Initiative
This document authored by the President of the Union Rescue
Mission offers a framework to reduce and mitigate homelessness
in Los Angeles.
United Way of Greater Los Angeles
Antelope Valley Region Office, Lancaster
Conveener of the Antelope Valley Homeless Coalition
since 1995, dedicated to improve access to services for
the homeless in order that they may more easily become
self-sufficient and productive members of the community.
United Way of Greater
Los Angeles is dedicated to "Bridge the Gap" to
empower our community's working poor and ensure their social
and economic success.
United States Interagency Council
The primary activity of the ICH is to develop
a comprehensive Federal approach to end homelessness --from
Senate Report accompanying FY '03 Appropriations Bill
Welfare Information Network
A Clearinghouse for Information, Policy Analysis &
Technical Assistance on Welfare Reform.
Western Center on Law and Poverty
The Western Center on Law and Poverty is a non-profit legal
services program devoted to high-impact poverty law litigation
and legislative advocacy in the state of California.
Women's Care Cottage
Founded in 1985, Women's Care Cottage (Wcc) is a Los Angeles
based nonprofit that helps homeless women and children
off the streets permanently and succeed independently in
their homes, schools and workplaces. Operating out of three
locations in North Hollywood, WCC offers among other things,
transitional & permanent housing, counseling, childcare,
education, career training, money management and trauma
intervention. Wcc provides immediate access to housing and
a personalized array of services designed to meet the unique
needs of women and children.