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Thousands Of Volunteers Set To Participate In 2018 Homeless Count

January 23, 2018 | February 12, 2018

Los Angeles, CA (January 23, 2018) – The 2018 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count begins this evening in the Santa Clarita, San Fernando, and San Gabriel valleys. In its entirety, the Count, which runs three consecutive evenings, covers 4,000 square miles and 2,160 census tracts across Los Angeles County.

Thousands of volunteers will be participating in the Count, which is administered by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. On Wednesday, the Count shifts to West Los Angeles, the South Bay/Harbor area, and East Los Angeles. It concludes Thursday in the Antelope Valley (morning), and Metro Los Angeles, South Los Angeles, and Palisades/Malibu.

Data collected during the Count will be released publicly in late May. The information offers a comprehensive look at the current state of homelessness in Los Angeles County, including geographic distribution and trends among various populations.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez, and Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Executive Director Peter Lynn participated in an event tonight at LA Family Housing in North Hollywood to formally launch the 2018 Count.

“Every Angeleno counts, whether they have an address or not,” said Mayor Garcetti. “This year’s count takes on new importance--because it will help us better target and deliver the permanent supportive housing, emergency shelter, and ongoing services that Angelenos made possible when they voted for Prop. HHH and Measure H.”

“Thanks to Measure H, LA County’s public and nonprofit partners are gearing up to house 45,000 men, women and children over the next five years,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “The 2018 Homeless Count will help us identify where resources are most needed and measure progress as nonprofits ramp up their services to a level never seen before.  Each of us have a part to play in helping resolve this humanitarian crisis and this includes the essential work of the 8,000 volunteers who participate in the Homeless Count.”

"As L.A. Controller, I know the importance of counting,” said Controller Galperin. “Over the next three days, I and my staff will be participating in the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count because everyone counts, no matter where they live. In the face of one of the most fraught epidemics our city has faced, the Count is our opportunity to make a difference. Homelessness is experienced in every part of our city and by children and adults. However, without a proper accounting of exactly where our most vulnerable are - including homeless veterans, teens or those escaping domestic violence - we may not be able to adequately help those in dire need. Please join me in making sure that everyone counts."

“Good policy starts with having good information,” said Councilwoman Martinez.  “The data from tonight’s count will go a long way toward determining where resources are most urgently needed and how they should be applied, including in the San Fernando Valley. It is important that we use the data from tonight's count to make sure that our homeless populations not only receive vital services and long-term support, while also working to take care of our communities and respond to residents’ concerns.”       

“As the lead agency for single adult and family systems of care in SPA 2, LA Family Housing is proud to be part of a broader community that works to end homelessness in people’s lives,” said Stephanie Klasky-Gamer, President and CEO, LA Family Housing. “The results of the Count help us implement the best strategies to meet our homeless neighbors’ needs, together.”

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority is a joint powers authority of the City and County of Los Angeles, created in 1993 to address the problems of homelessness in Los Angeles County. LAHSA is the lead agency in the HUD-funded Los Angeles Continuum of Care, and coordinates and manages more than $243 million annually in federal, state, county and city funds for programs providing shelter, housing and services to homeless persons. For more information visit www.lahsa.org.