Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count Quarterly Newsletter

In this newsletter, we’ll share recent developments in the Homeless Count and discuss how you can help ensure every person experiencing homelessness in your community is counted.

Thanks to volunteers like you, the 2018 Homeless Count was the most thorough to date, covering every block, riverbed, and open space across nearly 4,000 square miles of Los Angeles County (except for the cities of Pasadena, Glendale, and Long Beach, which conduct their own counts). The information volunteers collect each year is used by local officials to coordinate homeless plans and helps LAHSA and other organizations better target outreach efforts and services.

In this newsletter, we’ll share recent developments in the Homeless Count and discuss how you can help ensure every person experiencing homelessness in your community is counted.

City and Community Level Homeless Count Data Online

You can learn a great deal about homelessness in your own community by taking a look at the city and community level Homeless Count data on our website. Go here for a video about how to navigate the numbers.

2019 Opt-In Program

Kaiser Permanente’s West Los Angeles Medical Center has been an “Opt-In Partner” with the Homeless Count since 2012, thanks to Community Health Manager Celia Brugman and the Public Affairs Team. Celia saw the Homeless Count as a way to address the growing homelessness crisis that she and her colleagues were witnessing. At the time, the center was serving 115 people experiencing homelessness each month.

“When you are walking the streets, driving, going into allies and looking to count people, you get a deep sense of the challenges and the conditions in which people live, and what people do to survive as they’re experiencing homelessness,” Celia says. “It touches you greatly, and it helps you put a lot of things in perspective.”

Opt-In Partners like Kaiser Permanente are critical to ensuring the success of the Homeless Count. Thorough, accurate counts are important because they reveal the unique needs of each area’s homeless population. For Kaiser Permanente, the data from the Homeless Count provides information it needs to evaluate its programs.

Opt-In Partners have four main responsibilities: recruit volunteers, provide deployment sites, select coordinators to operate the sites, and provide light refreshments for volunteers. Partners can be cities, neighborhood councils, faith communities, volunteer groups, local businesses, and others.

If you are interested in becoming an Opt-In Partner for your community, please contact your LAHSA Community Engagement Coordinator (scroll down on our About page to the Who We Are section). In 2018, nearly 40% of our Opt-In Partners chose to commit for the next three years. Thank you to those who have chosen to continue to partner with us year after year!

Interview with USC’s Ben Henwood

Watch an interview with Associate Professor Ben Henwood to learn more about USC’s role in the Homeless Count, upcoming changes to the 2019 Count, and what to expect from USC’s methodology report in September.

Website and Volunteer Training Video Revamp

The Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count website and training video will have a different look and feel in 2019.

“We are always seeking ways to improve the presentational side of the Count, make the information more accessible to our thousands of volunteers,” says Jonathan Hans, who coordinates the event for LAHSA.

The new video will feature an update on best practices, more detail regarding how to count tents, vehicles, and makeshift shelters, and a clear explanation of map and tally sheet enhancements. LAHSA recently hired a company to produce the video, which should be completed by late October.

The revamp of the website will feature a simplified process for people to volunteer, increased content on homeless count methodology and education, and a new, engaging appearance. The website is expected to be operating by early November.

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