How to get homeless count right? LA to try new app and more staff

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A bus drives by three homeless tents that are lined up near LA City Hall. Last year’s count found more than 69,000 people living in tents, shelters, cars, and on the streets of Los Angeles County. Photo by Amy Ta.

LA’s annual homeless count determines how resources get distributed to the region’s unhoused residents. But questions have been raised about its accuracy, and officials are making some changes.

With LA’s COVID-era eviction rules expiring at the end of the month, the City Council voted unanimously to expand tenant protections.

From a bookstore in a microvan to a pink brick-and-mortar selling young adult literature, LA’s book market is on the move.