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Surge in Latino Homeless Population ‘a Whole New Phenomenon’ for Los Angeles

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Surge in Latino Homeless Population ‘a Whole New Phenomenon’ for Los Angeles

Timoteo Arevalos, 55, rests in Hollenbeck Park in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles on June 6. Timoteo Arevalos, 55, rests in Hollenbeck Park in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles on June 6. County Youth Homelessness Jumps to 6,000, Statistics Show
‘These Are Scary Numbers’: L.A. County Homeless Population Rises 23%, New Report Shows Nearly every demographic, including youth, families and veterans, showed increases in homelessness, but Latinos delivered one of the sharpest rises, adding more than 7,000 people to the surge. 34.052234
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Timoteo Arevalos never imagined he’d end up here, loitering for hours on a bench at Hollenbeck Park in Boyle Heights, using his backpack as his pillow. Recent figures released by the county show that Latino homelessness shot up by 63% in the past year, a staggering number in a county that saw its overall homeless population soar by 23%, despite increasing efforts to get people off the street. He then tried to scrape by as a dishwasher, but last fall his hours were cut and he couldn’t pay his rent. He used to have a government job, but the recession hit and he was laid off. Now, he is part of a rising number of Latinos who are living homeless in Los Angeles. Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com.