Why has homelessness gotten worse in LA?

A homeless man crossing a busy intersection in DTLA. Photo credit: Erica Chang/CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority released this year's homeless count today. It shows a 12% increase in L.A. County since last year, meaning roughly 59,000 people are now living on the streets. There's a 16% increase for the City of LA.