Nicholas Roybal speaks during Public Comment at Monday night’s City Council meeting.
When would be a great time to talk about the HUD numbers on homelessness? I don’t know if any of you council members have been able to look at the new numbers that came out of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. I feel they are an indictment of each of us in this room. Homelessness in LA County increased this past year alone by 9.5%. Again, this year alone, homelessness in LA County increased by 9.5%. That means there are 71,320 people living on the streets.
Another number that jumped out at me in the HUD numbers: There are 4,087 trans people who are unsheltered and homeless. There are 3,089 non-binary unsheltered homeless people, and there are 759 questioning unsheltered homeless people. Combined, that’s around 8,000 unsheltered homeless people.
Councilmember Meister, you’re a data nerd like me. What I really appreciated about the HUD report is that they’re really breaking down sheltered and unsheltered homelessness. And I think that can be a really good marker for how we move forward.
6B, the Community Development Block Grant, we really need to do an internal audit on Essentia. The numbers are not adding up. They’re not adding up at all. 146 new clients, how many of those clients have been housed? 13.