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Homelessness dips in LA, but more people living on the streets for first time

LOS ANGELES - After three years of precipitous increases, homelessness dipped slightly this year, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority reported Thursday, providing a hopeful sign that new money flowing into housing and services is having an effect.

But in releasing results of the 2018 count, officials also warned that the number of people falling into homelessness for the first time increased, holding back the potential gains.

And the report noted that three out of four homeless people in the county live on the street, a figure unchanged from last year.

"I'm not happy every day walking through the city, knowing that there's as many people that are homeless, but I think it's showing our strategies are working," Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

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