LA levels of homelessness were once unthinkable in the UK. Not any more
For the past five years I’ve lived in Los Angeles, where thousands of destitute people call the streets home on any given day. In part due to spiralling rents, LA has an astounding homelessness problem (recent figures revealed a 16% jump in the city to more than 36,000 out of a population of just under 4 million) in a country where “tent cities” have been normal for some time.
The statistics are bad. An official estimate reported a 165% jump in rough sleepers in England since 2010 – a total of 4,677 people on a single given night in autumn 2018.
LA has 0.9% of the population rough sleeping. The UK has 0.007%. This is the same is it?
The arts graduates not realising that two orders of magnitude different really is different?