Volunteers needed to help count LA homeless population

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Los Angeles County officials are trying to conduct an accurate count of the homeless population — and the county needs volunteers next week to help.

It’s the underside of tinsel town. LA is home to Hollywood … and home to the biggest population of homeless people in the country. They number in the tens of thousands. They live outdoors, on the streets and in cars. They sleep in shelters, on curbsides, under viaducts, in tunnels.

LA County last tried to document their numbers two years ago. The tally counted more than 40,000 homeless people.

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development requires a new count every two years.

Officials say it’s important to count homeless people and record where they live so the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority can target its resources.

To track down the largely hidden population, officials need about 4,000 volunteers. They will get training and then go out in the overnight hours between Jan. 25-27 to conduct the homeless census.

To volunteer and get more information, check the website They Count. Will You?