California leaders and advocacy groups share federal officials’ alarm over the state’s outsize role in that trend. But there’s significant disagreement over how to tackle the issue as the president singles out cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles as problems, clashing with a liberal state that often fights his policies.
The figures are from single-night surveys done in January. Nearly 568,000 people were counted as homeless across the country this year, according to HUD, representing a 2.7 percent increase over last year and a continuation of the reversal of steady declines in homelessness from 2010 to 2016. Still, homelessness nationwide is nearly 11 percent lower than it was in 2010 — though the homeless count in California is 22.5 percent higher today than it was nine years ago.