Can a computer model reveal who is about to become homeless? LA County is finding out.

David Wagner Jan 23, 2020
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Tents line a sidewalk in the city of Los Angeles, where homelessness rose 16% last year. Courtesy California Policy Lab

Can a computer model reveal who is about to become homeless? LA County is finding out.

David Wagner Jan 23, 2020
Tents line a sidewalk in the city of Los Angeles, where homelessness rose 16% last year. Courtesy California Policy Lab
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Homelessness is rising in the United States, largely due to growing homeless populations on the West Coast. Los Angeles County is now planning to use a new computer modeling tool to try and predict who is about to become homeless. The objective is to identify people at risk and reach out with one-time financial aid to keep them in their homes.

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