A Times analysis found that about 76% of people living on the streets reported being affected by mental illness, substance abuse, poor health or a physical disability. https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-10-07/homeless-population-mental-illness-disability …
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority reached lower numbers by excluding several responses related to health and mental health issues, as well as substance abuse.
This is one question that was excluded.
But, the response would only be counted if the respondent answered a secondary question stating that it was "permanent or long term."
That omission reduced the mental illness rate by 11.4 percentage points.
The pattern repeats for questions about substance abuse and health conditions. @LAHomeless does their math a different way to comply with federal guidelines, leading to a different interpretation of the statistics.
Read the full analysis from @boreskes and @LATdougsmith now: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-10-07/homeless-population-mental-illness-disability …
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