The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority is holding the biennial Homeless Count throughout the San Fernando Valley and other parts of Los Angeles on Jan. 31.
The count occurs every two years, with the federal government allocating funds to cities on the basis of their findings. Volunteers nationwide will be walking the streets of their towns to get an accurate count on the homeless in their community.
Nearly 5,000 people helped out in the greater Los Angeles area in 2011, and the results found that more than 51,000 people were homeless in Los Angeles County at the time, a 3 percent drop from 2009. However, even with the reported drop, Los Angeles County has the highest street homeless population in the nation, according to LAHSA.
Attached is a video of the 2011 count that was organized by L.A. Family Housing in North Hollywood.
To volunteer for the homeless count or to learn more, go to http://www.theycountwillyou.org.
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