Homelessness up in LA, SF, and OC. What is the state doing about it?

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A homeless camp in downtown LA's arts district. Photo by Amy Ta/KCRW

LA’s homeless population grew by 16% in the city last year. That’s despite the fact that two years ago, residents voted overwhelmingly to tax themselves to help build more housing to stem it. The growing crisis is not just an LA problem though.

In Orange County, homelessness is up by 40%, partly because officials there changed the way they conducted their annual count. In San Francisco, homelessness is up 17%. This is a bigger problem than any one city or county can fix. So what is the state doing?

Credits

Guest:
Peter Lynn - Executive Director of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority - @LAHomeless

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Yael Even Or, Amy Ta, Alexandra Sif Tryggvadottir, Rosalie Atkinson, Adriana Cargill