Every two years the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) — a joint city/county agency that addresses the problems of homelessness on a regional basis – conducts a count of the homeless throughout Los Angeles County. This year the count will take place on the nights of January 25-27, 2011. Over 4,000 adult volunteers are needed. It is a huge task.
Some excellent information sheets are below that should answer most questions. See the website for more details.
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2011 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count
They count. Will You?
Los Angeles has the highest street homeless population in the nation. Every day we see men, women and children without a place to call home. We don’t have to accept homelessness as an unsolvable problem. With your help we can end homelessness.
Join others who are committed to ending homelessness by volunteering in your area between January 25th – 27th in Los Angeles County. Volunteers are teamed up, trained, given all needed supplies and deployed to designated areas throughout the county to count the homeless – in one night. View our schedule of volunteer opportunities in your area. Just a few hours of your time can make the difference in someone finding permanent housing.
In the fight to end homelessness, we work to connect those in need to emergency shelters, transitional housing, overnight shelters and prevention programs, with the end goal of placing them in permanent housing.
In 2009, we counted nearly 50,000 homeless people in Los Angeles County. Tabulating numbers is not the end goal – knowing who and where our homeless populations are allows us to target our resources more effectively to get people housed. The Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count is about building stronger communities where everyone is safe, secure and housed.
This site will also have a variety of resources for general audiences, researchers and the media. Stay in the loop and become a volunteer.