LA City and County Celebrate First Successes in Reducing Homelessness

 About 100 people attended a May 31 invitation-only event outside the PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) offices at 340 N. Madison Avenue where the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority released the results of its 2018 Los Angeles homeless count. Some 8,500 volunteers over three days in January covered every census tract in the county. The results, along with thousands of interviews with homeless people, have been under analysis by statisticians at USC.

For the first time in four years the numbers went down instead of up. The gains were modest - 3% fewer homeless in the county, 5% fewer in the city - but at least the motion was in the right direction.

By now everyone has seen the gross numbers. For the county, the homeless are down from 55,048 in January 2017 to 53,195 in January 2018; for the city, it was a little better, dropping from 38,138 to 31,516. We will dig into the details further on.

Homeless Youth Count Volunteers Needed: Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The youth count is on Wednesday, January 31. Volunteers are still needed. There will be three shifts,  6am to 10am, 12pm to 4pm and 4pm to 8pm.  The three deployment sites are Holman United Methodist Church, 3320 W. Adams Blvd., LA 90018, 323-731-7285 (only 6:30 to 10 am shift), Coalition for Responsible Community Development, 3101 S. Grand Avenue, LA 90007, 213-743-6193, and the Watts Labor Community Action Committee, 10950 S. Central Avenue, LA 90059, 323-357-6262.