WeHo’s 2016 Homeless Count Was Far Lower Than That of 2005

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This year’s count of homeless people in West Hollywood doubled from 43 to 87, though that was not the highest count to date. The highest was 111 in 2005, which was 28% higher than the 2016 count. That’s according to a new analysis by WeHo By the Numbers.

As part of a regional effort, the city has counted the number of homeless people in West Hollywood every other year since 2005. The count was also done on January 28 of this year. In the latest count, over half of the homeless people were found east of Fairfax Avenue, they were all individuals (no families), and the majority were men over age 25.

WeHo By the Numbers estimated the rate of homelessness in West Hollywood and four nearby cities. West Hollywood had about 24 homeless people per 10,000 residents in 2016. That was a third of Santa Monica’s rate and much lower than Los Angeles. It was three times Culver City’s rate and six times that of Beverly Hills.

The analysis also looked at how the homeless counts have changed over time. West Hollywood’s count declined from 2005 to 2015, then rose sharply this year. The pattern is somewhat different for three larger areas: Los Angeles County, the Westside and the Los Angeles core (Downtown, Hollywood, etc.). In those areas, the counts declined until 2011, versus 2015 in West Hollywood. Then they started rising again, but stayed below the 2005 levels, as they have in West Hollywood.

Among Westside cities, Santa Monica had a big drop from 2009 to 2010, and the count has been stable-to-declining since then. In Beverly Hills, the number has declined since 2009. Culver City had stable counts in 2009, 2011, and 2013, but a jump in 2015.

For more information, please see the WeHo By the Numbers article, How many homeless people are in West Hollywood?


7 Comments
  1. I agree with Rick Bye, I want and listen to Beverly Hills, social services manager and WEHO. What a shame, our WEHO social services “team” sitting on the 3rd floor in our city hall and do… Beverly Hills social are out on the streets, walking they talk. WEHO, WAKE UP!!!
    Love NO Hate was the only place that our homeless got respect and love, we made sure to have a voice for them, some are in treatment center, just because our voices. Homeless in Beverly Hills have people to talk to, WEHO homeless get a paper that we tell them to call and see who can help them, i was in the city and one time i made one of our social service person to get out from the “window” and make some phone call, NO ONE of our non profit even picked up the phone for 45 min, and how do we expect our homeless to get help?
    we must start to walk and stop talking so much, just so they look like they are doing something, trust me, i was sleeping with the homeless in WEHO, no one ever came at night, the out reach program, are nothing but B.S.
    lets start talk the real facts and our results, not what our leaders or our city staff want us to hear. sometime i listen to them at least 50% of what come out is a big huge LIES!
    WE ARE NOT STUPID, WE SEE OUR HOMELESS IN EVERY CORNER, WE SEE PEOPLE USING METH ALL OVER, and the real sad part, SO MANY OF OUR GAY MEN HOMELESS LIVING with AIDS and they can not even get MEDS.
    WEHO WE TALK, ONE CITY, ONE PRIDE, BUT FOR SURE WE FORGOT TO WALK IT…

  2. Beverly Hills has police who get to know the homeless population and offer them services continuously. WEHO needs the same program, offer the homeless shelter and place like BH if they want it.

  3. Am I missing something:Your headline is both confusing and inaccurate? Is homeless count lower or higher this year vs. last?

    1. The headline is not inaccurate. It refers to the homeless count this year (2016) and the one in 2005 (the highest in recent times). It does not refer to last year’s count, which is mentioned in the story and the chart.

  4. who are we kidding, we have much more homeless in our streets, we need to learn fro the city of Beverly Hills they walk the talk. the go out to the streets and show respect and true love to they people in needs, they don’t give up, till every person get support, even those who say “NO”. Let’s get real, West Hollywood is all about image, all fake fantasy land. we have a long way to go to be the real people of social services of Beverly Hills.
    “sending” our homeless to cites around us? this not a solution.
    we must remember that so many of our homeless in WEHO are using METH and living with AIDS, few of them can not even get HIV meds. this is sad.
    Time to talk less and do more.
    Time to talk the TRUTH & THE FACTS.
    If you want to do count of our homeless, call me
    818 613 8713. i will show you we have over 100 homeless on our streets.
    Path, is a perfect example. 10 beds for almost $400.000?
    this is all about money, looking good if you want to help our homeless, get out talk to them, they may not look great, they may even smell bed, BUT THEY ARE PEOPLE.
    Few of them used to be our “night life” “heroes”. now, when they need our help, where are we> and more what are we doing in our city?
    TALK. TALK. TALK.
    start with respect, show love and give them what they need to have a better lives, this what we need to do. talk less DO MORE.
    Love NO Hate.
    nir zilberman
    818 613 8713.

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