- California has about a third of all the country’s homeless people, and Los Angeles, San Jose, Oakland, and other Golden State cities have among the largest numbers of unsheltered people in the country.
- The US Department of Housing and Urban Development says 582,462 people did not have a permanent home on the single night in January last year when researchers carried out their most recent snapshot survey.
- Some 60% of the destitute were in shelters, crashing with friends or relatives, or had other temporary digs. The rest were ‘unsheltered’ — sleeping in cars, on the streets or in derelict buildings.
Homeless Haven: California Has One-Third Of Nation’s Vagrants
Los Angeles, CA - September 23: A view of a homeless encampment on Skid Row on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. A federal appeals court on Thursday unanimously overturned a a judge's decision that would have required Los Angeles to offer some form of shelter or housing to the entire homeless population of skid row by October. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
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