California's homelessness crisis just can't catch a break

Recent data dispels a widespread theory for who's to blame

Photo collage of the California flag and home symbols
Recent data shows that an overwhelming amount of unhoused Californians are also 'unsheltered'
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Despite setting aside billions to alleviate homelessness, California continues to lead the U.S. with the highest rate of unhoused people living outdoors. It is "a worsening humanitarian crisis," said The Guardian

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) most recent Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) captured a "point in time" snapshot from a year ago of how many people were experiencing homelessness nationwide. The agency counted 653,104 unhoused people across the U.S. on one single day, "the highest number since the count began in 2007," The Guardian explained. 

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