Combatting Homelessness in Los Angeles County

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LA Homelessness Risk Map

This interactive maps offers a range of opportunities for visualizing where people are at greatest risk for becoming homeless using the key factors known to contribute to homelessness. These key factors include poverty, addiction, lack of affordable housing, unemployment, mental illness, domestic violence, and high health care costs. Potential factors to add going forward include data related to incarceration, foster care, DHS hospitals, and emergency shelters. With census tract data in hand, users can create a hypothetical tract with the worst case values for each of the risk factors. Then rank all other tracts against this worst case, and map the results (see the workflow [link] for details). The areas with the darkest red coloring below have the highest combined risk for generating homelessness. The map also includes visualizations of areas by the presence of services, access to those services, and areas to target for remediation efforts. Knowing where the homeless are concentrating is important, but so is recognizing differences among these communities. The homeless in Venice Beach or Hollywood, for example, have different characteristics than the homeless in Skid Row. Consequently, the needs in each of these areas will be different. To demonstrate these differences, users can create a map identifying where the majority of homeless people are either (1) staying in shelters, (2) living in cars, vans, or campers, or (3) living in tents and makeshift encampments.


311 reports; census data; shelter locations; housing and displacement