Los Angeles Homeless Deaths Have Doubled Over Last Few Years
The state of California has a massive homelessness problem. This is no secret. Not only is the issue growing (see our story on middle-class people living in their cars), but it’s becoming a more deadly affair than ever. A new report indicates that homeless deaths in Los Angeles have doubled since 2013.
In 2013, there were a reported 536 homeless deaths. In 2018, that number swole to 1,047.
And the numbers are worse than that.
Homeless deaths now stand at 26 times higher than non-homeless deaths. The main cause? Drugs and alcohol are leading the charge. That’s no surprise, of course. Coronary heart disease led all official death causes, followed by suicides and pedestrian traffic collisions.
“This alarming increase in homeless deaths requires immediate action to improve the care for our most vulnerable populations,” Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the county health department, said in a news release.
The report suggests more in-depth discovery into understanding the circumstances surrounding homeless deaths. But in the end, California needs to decide if it will continue to prop up drug users (see our story on San Francisco drug injection houses), or combat the issue entirely.
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Homelessness in Los Angeles and San Francisco continue to surge. Many residents blame a national homeless migration towards the west coast. Given California’s hospitable culture for homelessness, that’s likely a correct diagnosis.
Diseases such as Typhus and Tuberculosis now run rampant on the eery streets, laden with homeless encampments.
So what’s the solution? Unfortunately, California politicians intend to make the situation worse through egregiously poor policy deployment. One of those miscues will come from California Governor, Gavin Newsom, who signed to overturn the will of the people on statewide rent-control laws. Once a staunch opposer of rent control, Newsome backed a bill that blocked efforts to continue rent-control throughout the state. The people voted with Newsom. But now, given the homeless crisis that Newsom seems reluctant to waste, he’s overturning it.
In other words, Newsom is leveraging a crisis as a way to stifle property owners and as an excuse to veto the public will. If that doesn’t feel unsettling to you, what will? Rather than lead an effort to solve an issue, he used it to increase/sustain government overreach. This exposes political corruption but also indicates that the homeless state of emergency in California likely only worsens.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.