Executive Director Rebecca Isaacs told the Los Angeles Times, "I think the economy has been really hard on families." She added, "There are many triggers for homelessness: an eviction, an increase in rent, the loss of a job, a health tragedy, domestic violence. A lot of people are living very close to the edge."
The Times reports the number of individuals seeking out shelter this winter also increased by about 4 percent countywide.
The joint city-county agency funds several shelters year round, but also spends $4.3 million a year for winter shelters, which open their doors from December 1 through March 15.
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