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California Has Third-Highest Homeless Population In US: Report

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) - California has the third-largest homeless population in the United States, according to new report.

Moving and home improvement resource site Porch found only New York and Hawaii have a higher rate of homelessness than California, where there are 38.3 homeless people for every 10,000 residents.

Just over 71% of the homeless California population is living unsheltered, the survey found.

Mission on LA's Skid Row Holds Back-to-School Giveaway for the Underprivileged
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 28: People walk in Skid Row while new school supplies were donated to thousands, including new athletic shoes donated by Foot Locker, at Fred Jordan Missions on Skid Row, on September 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Fred Jordan Missions, which feeds over 100 people experiencing homelessness daily, hosts the annual event with Foot Locker. They donated new sneakers and other school supplies to more than 3,000 underprivileged and homeless children this year. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The state also saw a sharp 16% increase in homelessness in 2019 compared to 2018.

Overall, California has 128,777 homeless individuals who are not in families with children, while the homeless population in families with children is 22,501.

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. began seeing a rise in homelessness year over year in 2017 for the first time since the most devastating part of the housing crisis in 2010.

Click here to read the full report.

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