The number of homeless people in Los Angeles County increased 5.7 percent over the past year, but homelessness among veterans and families fell significantly.
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority said Tuesday that its annual count in January found about 46,800 homeless in the county with a population of 10 million. That’s up from about 44,300 in January 2015.
Officials said the increase reflected, in part, a more aggressive effort to count younger homeless people, a more daunting target because unlike older homeless people, they did not tend to be concentrated in one place like Skid Row. They said that accounted for some but not all of the increase.
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