Bass said the initiative would not involve clearing out encampments where unhoused people gather, and said that in four years, a metric of the city’s success in tackling homelessness would be if there are little to no encampments left.
“And there should not be 40,000 people who are unhoused, that’s for sure,” she said.
Homelessness has risen in the Los Angeles area since the pandemic. The county released a 2022 report in September, after not doing so in 2021. The count reached 41,980 people in Los Angeles City, up 1.7% since 2020. The total population in Los Angeles is about 3.8 million.
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