The homeless crisis in California is out of control and this year saw disturbing statistics. The state’s 130,000 homeless population is the largest in the country, accounting for nearly 25 percent of all people without a permanent residence in the United States. The state also has the highest rate of unsheltered homeless people (about 75 percent) and it has seen the sharpest increase in homelessness in the country over the last 4 years. In the Los Angeles area, there are about 59,000 homeless people in Los Angeles County. That number represents a spike of about 16 percent over last year’s total. For African Americans, the numbers are worse. Although the total Black population is only about 9 percent, African Americans make up about 36 percent of L.A.’s homeless people. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a $214.8 billion state spending plan he and legislative leaders are calling “the Affordability Budget” for the 2019-20 fiscal year. The budget includes $1.7 billion to fight homelessness. Of that money, $650 million will go to support county and city governments as well as regional homeless prevention agencies in their local efforts to decrease homelessness and increase their stock of affordable housing.