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PHOTOS: 'Homeless Count' takes to the streets across Southern California

2013 Homeless Count Downtown Los Angeles

Hayley Fox

Annabelle Rosborough, 28, surveys Edward Potts, a homeless man who lives on Skid Row during the homeless count in Downtown Los Angeles on January 30, 2013.

Homeless County Downtown Los Angeles

Hayley Fox

Volunteers go out to conduct surveys in groups, offering McDonald's gift cards to all willing homeless participants during the homeless count in Downtown Los Angeles on January 30, 2013.

Volunteers hit the streets Wednesday night across Southern California in an effort to count the homeless.

The survey happens every two years – with the goal of ending homelessness.

Molly Rysman is the L.A. director at the Corporation for Supportive Housing.

“I think one of the things that happens with homelessness is we just see this massive humanity that needs help," Rysman said. "And we don’t really take the time to get to know each person and understand their different needs. And there’s people who are homeless for many different reasons with many different needs."

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The director says people living on the streets range in age and circumstances.

"Last night I was out serving, I talked to a guy who’s 77 years old who was in the (emergency room) 50 times in the last 3 months," Rysman said. "I talked to another guy who was 22 years old who had been homeless for two days. I mean, very different situations in life.”

Homeless counts are expected to continue Thursday night in South L.A. and Sunland-Tujunga.

According to the LAHSA's website: "Data from the count is critical to addressing the complexities of homelessness and planning how to best invest public resources, raise public awareness, identify the needs of homeless people and improve service delivery opportunities to prevent and eliminate homelessness in our region."




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