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LA’s 2016 homeless count is wrapping up. Here’s what we know so far




Staci Pedersen (R) and other volunteers count homeless people on Skid Row during the Los Angeles Homeless Count conducted by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) in Los Angeles, California.
Staci Pedersen (R) and other volunteers count homeless people on Skid Row during the Los Angeles Homeless Count conducted by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) in Los Angeles, California.
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Today marks the final day of the 2016 homeless count in Los Angeles County, led by Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA).

For the last two nights, volunteers have been tallying up the homeless, from the San Fernando Valley, to East L.A., South Bay and everywhere in between.

In 2015, there were a grand total of 2,818 homeless people in the county, according to LAHSA. But this year’s count is also seeing something slightly different: Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is advising the count of homeless youth, who were part of a specialized count last year.

The methods used to count homeless youth in 2015 were not sufficient in the eyes of HUD, so they stepped in for some changes this time around. We’ll check in with Peter Lynn, executive director of LAHSA, for an update as this year’s count comes to a close.

Guest:

Peter Lynn, executive director of LAHSA