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Venice Update

News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Venice Homeless Count—DOWN 11.6 Percent; CD11 Up 7.2 Percent

Venice homelessness decreased 11.6 percent  from 2015 to 2016, according to figures supplied by Los angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA).  Total number of homeless people  in Venice was 889 for 2016. For the same time period in 2015, the count was 1006.

CD11 homeless count for 2016, on the other hand,  was up 7.2 percent from 2015 at 2529.  The previous year count was 2359.

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Normally, LAHSA does the count every two years, but because of the significant increase in the homeless count from 2013 to 2015 in Los Angeles, it was decided to do the count in 2016.

Total number of homeless people in 2016 in City and County gets confusing because of lack of an apples-to-apples comparison. There was an  error in the original release of figures and then an apples-to-apples controversy.  The confusing numbers stories can be found in these two stories–one for City and County and the other for CD11 and Venice.






Comments (2)

  1. Nick Antonicello

    As a homeless counter in 2015 and 2016, these numbers are very dubious in that it’s based on homeless sightings and is done at night. That in my mind doesn’t account for those homeless who travel to shelters unless they are counted as well. I would say that 1000 person figure is a constant and any decrease no reliable. I would be curious where in CD11 the numbers are increasing.

    • heidi

      It’s not really fair to compare published 2016 numbers to published 2015 numbers and claim that they’ve gone down – the 2015 numbers are highly suspect and there was a lot of double counting. Better to look at the trend since 2013 for a more accurate sense.

      That said, in 2016, CD 11 had significant increases among two distinct populations: those suffering from mental illness (+16%) and those suffering from substance abuse (+30%). No surprise for anyone who lives here.

      See CD11 LAHSA Homeless Count results here: https://documents.lahsa.org/Planning/homelesscount/2016/datasummaries/CD_11.pdf

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