Down and Out in Beverly Hills During the Pandemic
Posted Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 7:34 pm
By Samuel Braslow
When the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority released the numbers of its annual count in June, it came as yet another shock in a year of shocks. From January of 2019 to January 2020, despite hundreds of millions of dollars in spending, the population of unhoused individuals in Los Angeles County had surged by nearly 13 percent to 66,433. Researchers appended the number with a sense of dread, noting that the figure had been calculated before the global pandemic and resulting economic recession.
But buried in the Excel rows and columns, the City of Beverly Hills stood out as a hopeful anomaly. According to the count, Beverly Hills had only 19 unhoused residents, down from a peak of 31 in 2017. In contrast, West Hollywood counted 131 individuals in 2020. To the West, Westwood counted 142 and Culver City registered 236.
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