California doing a poor job on homelessness, state auditor finds

US-HOMELESSNESS-CHRISTMAS In this file photo, a homeless woman sleeps on a pile of belongings on the street near the Los Angeles Mission, hosting its annual Christmas meal for the homeless on Dec. 22, 2017 in Los Angeles.; Credit: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images
An audit concludes California is doing a poor job of sheltering the nation's largest homeless population and should fund staffing of a council created to deal with the problem at a statewide level. The California state auditor's report released Thursday says the state has about 134,000 homeless people, about 24 percent of the nation's total homeless population. The auditor says a 2016 law that created the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council was a good start in addressing the need for a single entity to oversee an efficient system of addressing the problem, but it has no permanent staff. The auditor recommends the Legislature provide funds to hire staff and then require the council to develop a strategic plan by next April. This content is from Southern California Public Radio. View the original story at