US homeless count rises, pushed by crisis on the West Coast

  • AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

    Thaddeus Bell, 50, who is homeless, sits outside his tent with the street address of his childhood home in Oklahoma hanging on a fence Monday in Los Angeles. “I might be homeless but I’m human just like everybody else,” said Bell. “I deserve a real house like any other person.”

LOS ANGELES — The nation’s homeless population increased this year for the first time since 2010, driven by a surge in the number of people living on the streets in Los Angeles and other West Coast cities.