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|2005 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count|
The 2005 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count resulted in current, reliable data regarding the number and characteristics of homeless residents of Los Angeles County. This data increases public awareness of homelessness, help service providers better serve their clients, and increase funding for homeless services in our community. It also forms the baseline for our efforts to implement Bring LA Home: The Strategic Plan to End Homelessness.
The multidimensional approach for the count methodology yields a complete census of the number of homeless persons who are temporarily sheltered, a number of homeless persons who are residing on the street or in other places not meant for human habitation, and qualitative information regarding the demographic characteristics of both populations. It also produces a sound "turnover rate" that can be used to produce an annual estimate of homelessness in Los Angeles County.
The results have been published in a final report, and is currently being distributed to citizens, policymakers, service organizations, and funding sources showing current quantitative and qualitative statistics about the Los Angeles County homeless community.
The final report includes both narrative and graphic elements, including GIS maps, and is available for distribution and electronic download.The 2005 Homeless Count in the News
We had tremendous media coverage of the first phase of the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, the Street Enumeration. Broadcast television and radio covered the Count in news and public affairs shows (KPCC; KFRN; KCRW; KTLA5; KABC7 and KNBC4) helped focus public attention on homelessness in Los Angeles County. In addition, print media, including local, regional and national newspapers, covered the count, including:
LA Daily News Jan. 21, 2005