Record Number of People Dying Homeless in LA, Outpacing the Growing Number of People Homeless

Last year, 918 people died homeless in Los Angeles County. In the last five years, deaths of people who are homeless have increased by 76%, outpacing the growing number of homeless people in the county, according to an analysis of coroner data by Kaiser Health News.

In 2018, a point-in-time count found there were nearly 53,000 homeless people in Los Angeles County. According to the Los Angeles Homeless Authority’s count, there was increase of 14,676 homeless people since 2014 and the majority of these people were not living in shelters.

The LA County coroner considers a person homeless if they don’t have an established residence,or if the body was found in an encampment, shelter or other location suggesting they didn’t have a home. Using this criteria, 3,612 total people died while homeless in LA County between 2014 and 2018.

Some of the deaths occurred in hospitals, but most died in public. The average age of the people who died homeless in the county was 48 for women and 51 for men. Male deaths outnumbered female deaths.



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