About The Homeless Count

3 Days. Thousands of Volunteers. Everyone Counts. No Matter Where They Live.

All across Los Angeles every January, we embark on a 3-day mission to count our homeless neighbors. From these efforts and thanks to our caring communities, we don’t have to accept homelessness as an unsolvable problem.

Last year we conducted the largest homeless census in the nation:

  • 7500+ volunteers
  • 100 percent coverage of the Los Angeles Continuum of Care’s census tracts
  • 5000+ completed demographic surveys.  


Because of partners like you, we shined a light on the critical issue of homelessness in the region, gleaned valuable data to support programs and funding and created new pathways for collaboration and involvement.

For more information on the 2016 Homeless Count and past year’s count results, click here.

Why We Count

The Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count enables us to gather important data that is key for us to bring about an end to homelessness in Los Angeles. 

Through the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, we will:

  • Inform the state of homelessness in LA.
  • Bring vital community resources.
  • Increase engagement bringing together leaders, residents and stakeholders.


How We Count

There are 4 components to the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. Each of these components plays a vital role in understanding the state of homelessness in Los Angeles:

  • Street Count: A visual-only tally of everyone unsheltered experiencing Homelessness in Los Angeles. This is the bulk of our volunteer opportunity and community engagement.
  • Shelter/Institutional Count: A count of everyone experiencing homelessness found in shelters, transitional housing, hospitals, jails
  • Demographic Surveys: A survey-based collection of all demographic information of those experiencing homelessness.
  • Youth Count