Annual Homeless Count Needs You

Joe Hoffman assigns volunteers streets to walk or drive as part of the county-wide homeless count homeless person this week.
Last year, GWNC board member Joe Hoffman assigned volunteers streets to cover as part of the county-wide homeless count. This year the count is Thursday, January 26. Volunteers will meet at 600 N. La Brea at 8 pm.

For most of us, solving the problem of homelessness is overwhelming. But this week there is something you can do that really will make a difference – volunteer to help with the city’s annual homeless count on Thursday, January 26th from 8-11 p.m. 

Annually, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Agency (LAHSA) conducts an on-the-ground census of men, women and children who need assistance throughout the city, using more than 1,000 volunteers.  This year, once again, the local effort to count homeless people on our neighborhood streets is being organized by the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council.

“The Greater Wilshire area needs about 45 volunteers for the 19 Census Tracts we’ll canvass,” said Joe Hoffman, GWNC board member and veteran counter. “This is a visual-only count, done mostly by car in teams of 2-4…and we’ll provide training on the night of the census.”

Volunteers joining the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council will gather at 600 S. LaBrea on Thursday, January 26th from 8-11pm. Volunteers can click here to sign up.

If you have questions, please e-mail Joe Hoffman at renters@greaterwilshire.org. In the next week, those who have registered at the link above will receive more information via e-mail. If you put together a team and have a preference as to the area you’d like to count, please add that to the comments during your registration.

It’s three hours of your life and it does make a difference.

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About Patricia Lombard

Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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