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Homelessness deepens in Los Angeles County, jumps 13%

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Posted at 8:29 AM, Jun 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-13 11:30:06-04

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The problem of homelessness continues to get worse in Los Angeles County.

The number of homeless people counted over the past year jumped nearly 13% to more than 66,000 and officials fear another spike due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The majority of those experiencing homelessness were found within the city of Los Angeles.

Hundreds live downtown in encampments that line blocks in the Skid Row neighborhood.

January's annual tally came before the COVID-19 outbreak paralyzed the economy and pushed scores into unemployment.

The county instituted a moratorium on evictions amid the pandemic. When it expires, many more could find themselves without homes.