Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count Quarterly Newsletter 2

In the spirit of National Volunteer Month, we’d like to kick off this newsletter with a heartfelt THANK YOU to all our Homeless Count volunteers.

Your hard work ensures that we have accurate information as we tackle one of the most pressing issues facing our county.

In the spirit of National Volunteer Month, we’d like to kick off this newsletter with a heartfelt THANK YOU to all our Homeless Count volunteers.

Your hard work ensures that we have accurate information as we tackle one of the most pressing issues facing our county.

The Homeless Count isn’t just about collecting good data, though. Time and again, volunteers tell us that the Count also strengthens communities and inspires people to do more throughout the year.

“We intended to do one night in my home area, but my teammates were so cool that we volunteered for the next two nights,” says Isaac Marroquin of East Los Angeles.  “My team continues to stay in contact with each other, and we have recently volunteered on fundraising projects that positively impact our community.”

“It built comradery between myself and my students, and between my students and the other volunteers,” says Dr. Courtney Knapp, assistant professor of urban and regional planning at Cal Poly Pomona. Not only did she and her students participate as counters, they also served as coordinators for four deployment sites.

The three-day Homeless Count takes thousands, and the year-round fight to end homelessness takes everyone. Here are some of the ways you can build on the progress we’ve made together:

LEARN MORE

Follow Everyone In online

United Way of Greater Los Angeles launched its Everyone In campaign this March. The campaign is focused on ending homelessness in L.A. County, and its website and social media pages provide information on the county’s progress and ways for concerned residents to volunteer their time. Visit the campaign’s website here, Facebook page here, Twitter here, and Instagram here.

Read "Yes In My LA!: A Guide to Supportive Housing"

The League of Women Voters of Los Angeles has published an easy-to-read guide on permanent supportive housing and how to support it in your neighborhood. Click here to download.

Attend a quarterly meeting of the Los Angeles Continuum of Care:

The Los Angeles Continuum of Care is a regional planning body that coordinates housing and services funding for homeless families and individuals. These quarterly meetings provide opportunities for community stakeholders and service providers to share information and best practices. Click here to find out when a meeting will be held in your community.

 

Attend the Measure H Citizens' Oversight Advisory Board Listening Session on May 3

The Measure H Citizens' Oversight Advisory Board will host a listening session to hear from providers, people experiencing homelessness, and community members. The Board is a crucial component of the accountability built into Measure H. The Board will review and evaluate all Measure H spending and ensure that we deliver on the promise and progress of this watershed initiative. Free parking will be available. The event will be held May 3, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., at 5849 Crocker Street, Los Angeles, CA 90003. If you have questions, please contact MeasureHOversight@homelessinitiative.gov or visit the Board’s website here.

GIVE BACK

South Bay

Harbor Interfaith provides a variety of supportive services, including shelter, transitional housing, food, job placement, and child care. To apply to be a volunteer, click here.

West L.A.

Safe Place for Youth is a youth service provider. Click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to apply for them.

St Joseph Center has a program for chronically homeless individuals in Santa Monica and Venice. Click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to apply for them.

Venice Community Housing provides supportive services for people experiencing homelessness and people who have been housed. Click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to apply for them.

San Gabriel Valley

Operation Healthy Hearts provides food, clothing, hygiene kits, resume writing training, and other resources at weekly resource fairs. To sign up to volunteer, click here.

East L.A. County

Imagine Whittier trains volunteers to mentor families exiting homelessness. Apply to be a mentor here.

Whittier First Day provides a variety of services, including homelessness prevention, housing, and health services. To apply to be a volunteer, click here.

Jovenes provides housing, healthcare, education, employment, and trauma recovery services to youth ages 18-25. To apply to be a volunteer, fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

KEEP IN TOUCH

If you’d like to share your own volunteer stories or opportunities for others to volunteer, email us at communications@lahsa.org

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Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count
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