Long Beach seeks volunteers to count homeless people

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Long Beach is preparing to survey its homeless population. But in order to make sure everyone counts, the city will need help.

This year, Long Beach will assign 47 teams of three people to different parts of the city where they’ll try to survey and count every homeless person.

The city is looking for volunteers, especially people who are currently or formerly homeless, to help with the count. Other duties include fielding calls from counters on the street, enlisting other volunteers, and promoting awareness of the tally.

The program, called Everyone Counts, is mandated by federal law and happens every other year. Last time Long Beach counted nearly 4,000 homeless people inside its city limits.

This time, the count is set for Thursday, Jan. 27, with volunteer orientations about a week in advance. People interested in volunteering can find more information at the Long Beach’s Homeless Services Division on the city’s website, www.longbeach.gov.