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Volunteers Needed for January 29 South Los Angeles Homeless Count PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 18 January 2015 18:33

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:

TheyCountWillYou.org

For more information please see the press release below from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority

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George McQuade III
Phone: (213) 225-8491
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For Immediate Release

Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority

Launches Volunteer Campaign

for Largest Homeless Count in the Nation

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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, 2015The 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

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CPAB Makes Plans at 21st Annual Summit PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 02 November 2014 22:43

Some 250 civilian volunteers and police officers met at the historic Hollywood Museum, with its four floors of film costumes and movie memorabilia, November 1 for the organization's 21st annual summit. The watchword of the day was to prepare CPAB's citizen volunteer members for more action in our communities.

Participants were welcomed by Commander Matt Blake, Assistant to the Director, Office of Operations. "There are three issues we want to make central in the coming year," he said. "We want to develop strong leadership in the CPAB chapters, improve CPAB's communication skills, and work on teamwork - we don't want to see only 10% of the members active; a good team finds out what everyone can contribute."

He then turned the chair for the day over to Josh Rubenstein, Chief Meteorologist for CBS 2 & KCAL 9 and Co-chair of the North Hollywood CPAB chapter. Paula Madison, Vice President of the Los Angeles Police Commission, gave the conference greetings, saying how important it was to have a community partnership with the police department.

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Blight and Homeless Reports - 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 14 September 2014 21:57



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Operations South Bureau Holds Homeless Symposium PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 10 May 2014 16:16

Several hundred people gathered at USC's Galen Center April 24 for a symposium on homelessness sponsored by LAPD's Operations South Bureau. The event was chaired by South Bureau commander, Deputy Chief Robert Green. At the presiding table were the commanding officers for all four South Bureau police stations: captains Paul Snell for Southwest, Robert Arcos for 77th, Phillip Tingirides for Southeast, and Gerald Woodyard for Harbor. Also present was John Thomas, chief of USC's Department of Public Safety.

Grace Weltman, president of Communities in Motion, presented figures on Los Angeles homelessness and introduced two recently homeless men. In Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority's 2013 point-in-time count there were 53,978 homeless people in Los Angeles County. This was up from 45,422 in 2011, an 18.4% increase. More than half were in the city, 29,682 in 2013, up a shocking 26% from 2011.

There were no specific counts that correspond to the boundaries of the four South Bureau divisions, but it was plain that the homeless are not just in Downtown's Skid Row. The 2013 total for South Los Angeles was the highest for any of the LAHSA's  8 service areas, at 11,234. The runner-up, the L.A. metro area to the north, which includes Skid Row, ran to 10,470.

There was a breakdown by City Council District. Our Southwest Division includes about a third of CD 10, a quarter of CD8, and a sixth of CD9. CD10 had a total of 1,168 homeless last year; CD8 had 2,301, and CD9 had 2,564.  A best guess would be that there are around 1,400 homeless people now in Southwest. Most of these are invisible. If you added up all the obvious homeless camps you probably would not find more than 100.

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Blight and Homeless Reports - 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 17:17

 

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