Early returns from the 2018 survey of the nation’s homeless population in Los Angeles County provide a reason to believe that last year’s rise in the number of homeless veterans nationwide, the first increase since 2010, may have been reversed. Los Angeles officials last week revealed that their preliminary estimates indicate an 18 percent decline in veteran homelessness in the county, reports Military Times. “While there is still more work to do, the decrease signals that our strategies are working, bringing us a little bit closer to ending veteran homelessness in Los Angeles,” said Ann Brown, director at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. The estimate of homeless veterans dropped from nearly 74,000 in 2010 to just above 40,000 in 2016, before increasing about 1.5 percent in 2017, largely due to the rising cost of housing in California.
Air Force photo by Senior Airman Timothy Taylor