Volunteer now for the January 2019 Homeless Count

Every year, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) conducts a census of the homeless population of L.A. County through the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. The Count affects county, state, and federal funding for L.A.’s homeless and pinpoints where help is most needed. At least 8,000 volunteers are needed to canvas more than 80 cities and 200 communities across L.A. County.

The count will be held on January 22, 23, and 24, 2019. We are concerned in particular with the count for our area, South Los Angeles, which will be held on Thursday, January 24.

The count usually begins at 8:00 pm and runs until 11 or 12 pm. Some volunteers go to existing shelters to count. Most volunteers will be assigned to a team of three: a driver, a navigator, and a counter. Each team usually covers one census tract, for which they are given a map. An average census tract contains 39 city blocks. The teams do not interact with the homeless, only count them from a distance. There are about a dozen Deployment Sites for South Los Angeles. When you sign up you can pick one in your neighborhood or one in an area you are interested in.

The link to volunteer is:




Below is the full list of areas to be covered in the count, in case you want to volunteer outside of South Los Angeles:


Tuesday, January 22: San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, & San Gabriel Valley


Wednesday, January 23: South Bay/Harbor Cities & East and West Los Angeles County 


Thursday, January 24: Antelope Valley, Metro Los Angeles, & South Los Angeles County


St. Joseph Center/First To Serve, Broadway Manchester Access Center, 8525 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90003

The SPA6 Homeless Coalition meets usually on the second Friday of every month. Our regular meetings are held from 10:00 to 12:00 pm at the St. Joseph Center/First To Serve offices at 8525 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90003. Quarterly the meetings are held jointly with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. at a location to be announced. 

Our next meeting will be on Friday, February 14, 2020, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.It will be a joint meeting with LAHSA. The meeting will be at the Watts Labor Community Action Committee's Phoenix Hall, 10950 S. Central Avenue,  Los Angeles, CA 90059. Drive to the far back of the parking lot up near the building. Enter from Central Avenue.


Phoenix Hall, 10950 S. Central Avenue,  Los Angeles, CA 90059. It is at the back of the parking lot.