MORE ABOUT FAMILY HOMELESSNESS
In January of 2020 (before LA County declared a public health emergency), the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) conducted its annual homeless population count and found that there were 12,817 family members experiencing homelessness in the county on any given night -- a 46% increase from 2019!
The lack of affordable housing combined with steadily rising rents and stagnant wages, have made low-income families in Los Angeles County particularly vulnerable to becoming homeless. This is especially true for single parent households that fall on hard times due to the loss of a job, health issues or family problems. The lack of support and access to resources makes it difficult to find and retain permanent housing.
The instability and lack of security can have devastating effects on children in families experiencing homelessness. It adversely affects their developmental growth, making them four times as likely to get sick, and causing high levels of anxiety.
UBH along with many other stakeholders is on the forefront of tackling this crisis, implementing best practice solutions that are sustainable in our communities.