Los Angeles is the latest city to lose a Latino or Asian resident to homelessness

More L.A. Latinos falling into homelessness, shaking communities in ‘a moment of crisis’

Los Angeles’ population continues to grow, but the rate of growth is slowing, while homelessness is growing. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

Some call this moment of crisis the “homelessness Olympics” in cities across America. Some of this winter’s stories are about families with young children walking away from their homes. Others are the stories of older people leaving behind everything they’ve worked toward.

And some are the stories of a growing number of Latinos and Asians becoming homeless.

On Tuesday, Los Angeles became the latest city to lose a Latino or Asian resident to homelessness.

Roughly 2,000 people across the country were found in temporary or homeless accommodations in 2016. According to a report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the national average per person was 17,500.

Los Angeles has the third-highest number of homeless people in the nation, and the highest rate of Hispanic homelessness.

The causes are complex and varied.

A number of factors make poverty and racial discrimination a factor, but there are also broader economic trends.

And while many people do better in America when they have stable housing, a lot of them don’t, said Kevin Lippert, executive director of the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

“It’s an individual issue,” Lippert said. “There are many people who are poor and they don’t have stable housing. They don’t have the ability to make choices that they should make or to make choices that they have to make in order to save their homes. Those are the people who wind up with homelessness.”

An L.A. County budget report released this month showed a 15 percent spike in homelessness among non-Hispanic black and Latino people, with some finding homes in the past year.

A report from the Southern Poverty Law Center, citing several federal agencies and organizations, showed that more than 40 percent of the nation’s homeless population

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