LOS ANGELES (AP) — An audit concludes California is doing a poor job of sheltering the nation’s largest homeless population and should fund staffing of a council created to deal with the problem at a statewide level.

The California state auditor’s report released Thursday says the state has about 134,000 homeless people, about 24 percent of the nation’s total homeless population.

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The auditor says a 2016 law that created the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council was a good start in addressing the need for a single entity to oversee an efficient system of addressing the problem, but it has no permanent staff.

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The auditor recommends the Legislature enact legislation to provide the council funds to hire staff and then require the council to develop and implement a statewide strategic plan by next April.

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