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Homeless numbers in Los Angeles could surge again, even as thousands move to temporary shelter

AP Political Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass has moved over 21,000 homeless people into temporary shelter in the last year. Dozens of drug-plagued street encampments have been cleared. But the encouraging data are just a start, and it’s possible the number of homeless people in the nation’s second most populous city could go up again next year. The first-term Democrat was elected in 2022 promising to solve the long-running homeless crisis. But roughly 1 in 3 people who entered interim shelter this year drifted out of the system — and many probably back onto the streets. Encampments remain an all-too-familiar sight in many neighborhoods despite Bass’ efforts.

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