Nearly half of black voters in Los Angeles County have been homeless, have had a housing shortage in the past year, or know someone who has had one, a significantly larger proportion than other racial and ethnic groups, according to a new poll.
The numbers highlight the sharp racial inequality of the homeless in Los Angeles. According to the latest official count, black residents make up approximately 8% of the Los Angeles County population, but 34% of its homelessness.
A new poll, conducted by the Los Angeles Business Council Institute in collaboration with the Los Angeles Times, shows that 49% of black voters in the district were either homeless, lived in unsafe housing in the past year, or know someone who was.
By comparison, 29% of white voters and 25% of Asian American voters have had this firsthand experience. For Hispanic voters, that’s 42%.
Another figure that helps narrow the race gap: Black and Hispanic voters in Los Angeles are much more likely to rent than homeowners.
Overall, about half of registered voters in Los Angeles County are tenants. Among them, about one in eight was threatened with eviction or was unable to pay rent in the past year, and another one in four knows someone who did it, according to the survey.