Why LA homelessness is getting worse

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Homeless encampments are pictured in downtown LA during the coronavirus outbreak, March 20, 2020. Photo by Mario Anzuoni/Reuters.

There’s a move to get thousands of Angelenos off the streets and into shelters. A judge ordered it. The City and County of LA agreed to it. But homeless advocates say it’s only a start.

“We need to have the shelter capacity to move people indoors. But most importantly, we need to have the housing on the backend, so the people can move out of shelter[s] and into housing,” says Heidi Marston, executive director of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. 

What happens after unhoused people get roofs over their heads? Why is homelessness getting worse in LA?