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Demographics for Homeless Shows 38 Percent are Mentally Ill in Venice

Breakdown for Venice Homeless.

Council District 11 Breakdown of Homeless.

By Darryl DuFay

A step in the right direction. Article from LA Times article.
In 2017, 16,000 of the 58,000 homeless in LA County suffer from “serious mental issues.” That is 28%. In our Council District 11 it was 34%. In Venice it was 38%.

Councilmember Jose Huizar said he would introduce a resolution to support the County’s effort. Huizar is a member of the City council’s Homeless and Poverty Committee along with Coouncilman Mike Bonin. Huizar is also Chair of the Planning and Land Use Committee.

Our County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Council District 3, was the dissenting vote. She was concerned about the homeless’ pets, who would take care of their stuff, and 72-hour hospital holds.

Comments (3)

  1. Will

    70% of all Homeless suffer from some form of physical, psychological or mental disability. Hard to hold down a job and care for yourself when you’re disabled in any way. City officials need to stop pretending that this is just a housing issue and address the def I envied in mental health system that allows people to end up on the street and then fails to address their needs when they are on the streets.

    Simply put….You can’t solve homelessness without first solving the issues found in our mental health system.

    • Roger of Venice

      Will, I agree 100%. I also have to add, that the Air B&B’S are adding to the housing crisis as well. I really think you would agree that we have to address this crisis as well.

  2. john mcmanamy

    So where exactly do all the campers fit? Are they “Mentally Ill” or “victims of domestic abuse”.
    Or where they not included at all?
    How could they be ignored?

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