Van Nuys, Calif. - Today, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority released its 2018 Homeless Count, which reveals that 53,195 people are homeless, a 3% decline from 2017. However, the report found that the number of individuals that have fallen into homelessness has increased over previous years.
VICA Chair Lisa Gritzner said:
“Homelessness is the number one crisis facing us all in Los Angeles. Building more housing is an important step to keeping housing affordable but there is more to be done. Today’s numbers show that this problem is continuing to grow and we must come together as City and business leaders to look at an array of options – housing, both long and short term, vital supportive services, and coordination between the City and County to find creative solutions to the causes of this epidemic.
“VICA is committed to working with our members, which include leading business, non-profit, and educational institutions in the San Fernando Valley, to be a part of the solutions to this serious issue affecting our community.”
VICA President Stuart Waldman said:
“More and more individuals are struggling to stay housed, and the increase in the number of people falling into homelessness demonstrates that we can’t solve the problem if people simply can’t afford to stay in their homes.
“Our city’s homeless problem is a result of a number of factors, but the basic reality is that we don’t have enough homes in Los Angeles. We need to stop coming up with rules that make it harder to build, and our elected leaders must do their part to allow more homes to be built.
“As one of the leading voices in the San Fernando Valley, we will continue to push for effective solutions that will get individuals into homes and off the streets.”
The mission of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) is to enhance the economic vitality of the greater San Fernando Valley region by advocating for a better business climate and quality of life. Visit www.vica.com for more information