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  1. Los Angeles County had the second-highest number of homeless residents of any region in the country this year, according to a report released Monday, Dec. 17, by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

    The data were taken from point-in-time counts conducted in January, which found the Los Angeles region had 49,955 homeless residents, behind only New York City, which topped the list with 78,676.

    L.A. also had one of the highest number of unsheltered homeless living outdoors, in abandoned buildings or other locations not suitable for human habitation, compared to sheltered homeless living in emergency shelters, safe havens or transitional housing. In New York, which had one of the lowest rates, only 5 percent were unsheltered, compared to 75 percent for Los Angeles.

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