Every two years the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority must do a point-in-time count of the homeless in Los Angeles County. The results of this count will determine how much funding the federal department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will give Los Angeles for homeless housing and other services. The count is crucial in the effort to get homeless people off the streets and into a better life. While the county-wide count will take place over three days, January 27-29, the part that will affect our neighborhoods will be on Thursday, January 29, from 8 pm to midnight, when a thousand volunteers will go out by car and on foot to scour South Los Angeles to tally up the number of homeless.
People will go out in teams of three or four. This has proven in past years to be perfectly safe, and essential to receive federal funding. If you can volunteer, please sign up at:
For more information please see the press release below from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
George McQuade III
Phone: (213) 225-8491
Fax: (213) 892-0093
For Immediate Release
Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
Launches Volunteer Campaign
for Largest Homeless Count in the Nation
The 2015 Greater LA Homeless Count Involves Thousands of Volunteers, Government and Community Partners to determine extent of homelessness across Los Angeles County
Los Angeles, CA, January 8, 2015 – The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) today called for 6,000 volunteers to assist with the 2015 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, which will take place countywide over three nights from January 27 to 29. Volunteers should register at TheyCountWillYou.org to assist in their community. Dozens of deployment centers across LA County will host the nation’s largest street count of homeless community members.
“The 2015 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count is a critical opportunity to gain information about the size and scope of the challenge we face to house community residents experiencing homelessness,” said Executive Director Peter Lynn. “We use this information to better target our homeless service resources. Volunteers will make a difference in their community, and the lives of their homeless neighbors, by committing four hours of their time.”
LA’s last Homeless Count in 2013 found more than 39,000 men, women and children.
The Homeless Count will cover L.A. County as follows:
· Tuesday, January 27 (8:00PM), San Gabriel Valley and East Los Angeles County
· Wednesday, January 28 (8:00PM), West Los Angeles and South Bay
· Thursday, January 29 (6:00AM), Antelope Valley
· Thursday, January 29 (8:00PM), San Fernando Valley/Santa Clarita Valley, Metro Los Angeles and South Los Angeles
Volunteers will be dispatched from 87 regional deployment centers to targeted census tracts throughout the county to record the number of homeless people, vehicles used as homes and homeless encampments observed. Volunteers select their preferred deployment center when they register at TheyCountWillYou.org.
The Count will follow definitions of homelessness established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which include people living in places not meant for human habitation such as cars, parks, sidewalks and abandoned buildings. A simultaneous count by service provider staff will enumerate homeless individuals and family members staying in emergency shelters and other homeless programs.
In conjunction with the three-night street and shelter count, LAHSA will perform a detailed demographic survey to collect information critical in planning and assigning resources for homeless programs and services. Demographic data will include such data as age, gender, ethnicity, individual and family homelessness, duration of homelessness, and veteran status. Additional demographic data seeks to identify reasons why individuals became homeless, services utilized and benefits received.
The volunteer registration website is: TheyCountWillYou.org
If you have any questions, please contact