Posted by Councilmember Englander on January 13, 2017 at 2:12 PM
Every January, Los Angeles embarks on a three-day mission to count our homeless neighbors. The Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count enables us to gather important data that is key for us to bring about an end to homelessness in Los Angeles and from these efforts and thanks to our caring communities, we don’t have to accept homelessness as an unsolvable problem.
Through the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, we will:
•Inform the state of homelessness in LA
•Bring vital community resources to thos in need
•Increase engagement bringing together leaders, residents and stakeholders
There are four ways to volunteer for the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. Each of these components plays a vital role in understanding the state of homelessness in Los Angeles:
•Street Count: A visual-only tally of everyone unsheltered experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. This is the bulk of our volunteer opportunity and community engagement
•Shelter/Institutional Count: A count of everyone experiencing homelessness found in shelters, transitional housing, hospitals, and correctional facilities
•Demographic Surveys: A survey-based collection of all demographic information of those experiencing homelessness
•Youth Count: A snapshot of how many unaccompanied youth under age 18 (without a parent or guardian), and transition age young adults (age 18-24) are experiencing homelessness on any given night throughout the Los Angeles area.
Volunteers throughout the City of Los Angeles shined a light on the critical issue of homelessness in the region, gleaned valuable data to support programs and funding, and created new pathways for collaboration and involvement. Last year was the largest homeless census conducted in the nation:
•100 percent coverage of the Los Angeles Continuum of Care’s census tracts
•5000+ completed demographic surveys
For more information on the Homeless Count and to volunteer, go towww.theycountwillyou.org/volunteer.