According to the Institute for the Study of Homelessness and Poverty at the Weingart Center, an estimated 254,000 men, women and children experience homelessness in Los Angeles County during some part of the year and approximately 82,000 people are homeless on any given night. Unaccompanied youth, especially in the Hollywood area, are estimated to make up from 4,800 to 10,000 of these.
Although homeless people may be found throughout the county, the largest percentages are in South Los Angeles and Metro Los Angeles. Most are from the Los Angeles area and stay in or near the communities from which they came. About 14 to 18 percent of homeless adults in Los Angeles County are not U.S. citizens compared with 29% of adults overall. A high percentage - as high as 20 percent - are veterans. African Americans make up approximately half of the Los Angeles County homeless population - disproportionately high compared to the percentage of African Americans in the county overall (about 9 percent).
|Race||General Population||Homeless Population|
|Other||2%||Less than 1%|
Since 2005 the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, an agency of theCity of Los Angeles, has conducted numerical and demographic counts of homelessness not only within the city of Los Angeles, but throughout Los Angeles County. Over the course of three days in January, this count was conducted with the help of more than 4,000 volunteers branching out throughout Los Angeles County.
|Year||All Los Angeles County||City of Los Angeles|
|San Fernando Valley
|San Gabriel Valley
|East LA County
|2015 Ethnic Percentages||City of Los Angeles||All of County of Los Angeles|
|African American||12,188 (47%)||15,887 (39%)|
|Hispanic/Latino||5,411 (21%)||11,082 (27%)|
|White/Caucasian||5,567 (22%)||10,306 (25%)|
|American Indian/Alaska Native||654 (3%)||1,163 (3%)|
|Asian/Pacific Islander||496 (2%)||657 (2%)|
|Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander||37 (0.1%)||66 (0.2%)|
|Multi-Racial/Other||1,333 (5%)||2,013 (5%)|
|2015 Demographic Characteristics||City of Los Angeles||All of Los Angeles County|
|Veterans||2,733 (11%)||4,016 (10%)|
|Chronically Homeless Individuals||8,060 (31%)||12,356 (30%)|
|Chronically Homeless Family Members||945 (4%)||1,187 (4%)|
|Substance Abuse||6,255 (24%)||10,388 (25%)|
|Mental Illness||8,163 (32%)||12,253 (30%)|
|Persons with HIV/AIDS||546 (2%)||757 (2%)|
|Domestic Violence Experience||5,458 (21%)||8,801 (21%)|
|Physical Disability||4,854 (19%)||8,148 (20%)|
In the 2015 count in Greater Los Angeles, there were 2,781 unaccompanied, unsheltered homeless youth (under age 18) counted during the daytime; 2,099 estimated during nighttime street counts and 1,277 counted in emergency shelters and transitional housing programswere counted in Los Angeles County.
Also see: Shelter Partnership, Inc