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Nearly 1,000 Homeless People Died in LA in 2020 While 93,000 Homes Sit Vacant

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Tents belonging to homeless veterans stand at the VA West Los Angeles Healthcare Campus Japanese Garden on September 24, 2020, in Los Angeles, California.

Tents belonging to homeless veterans stand at the VA West Los Angeles Healthcare Campus Japanese Garden on September 24, 2020, in Los Angeles, California.Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

By  Alex Ferrer, Terra Graziani & Jacob Woocher

Truthout

In many major metropolitan areas across the United States, there are far more vacant homes than people experiencing homelessness.

This is true in New York City, it’s true in the Bay Area, and as our new report shows, it’s true in Los Angeles. Here, there are 93,000 vacant homes compared to just over 41,000 unhoused people.

Our report, the product of a collaboration between UCLA School of Law and the community-based nonprofits Strategic Actions for a Just Economy and Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, is perhaps the most detailed look yet at the characteristics of residential vacancies situated in the broader speculative housing market in any city…

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