Los Angeles, California – Officials and volunteers from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority will conduct the annual 2022 homeless count between Jan. 25 and 27, the first since the COVID-19 pandemic postponed this year’s count.
The point-in-time count, also known as the 2020 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, is crucial to determining the extent of the region’s homelessness issue. Continuum of Care providers must conduct the count in order to get federal funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
According to the 2020 count, the homeless population in the county climbed by 12.7 percent over the previous year, while the homeless population in the city of Los Angeles increased by 14.2 percent.
In January 2019, there were 58,936 homeless individuals in Los Angeles County, but by January 2020, that number had risen to 66,433. Los Angeles has 36,165 residents in 2019 and 41,290 in 2020.
Because of the pandemic, the county got an exemption from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and did not need to do a count in 2021. Following advice from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and taking into consideration stay-at-home orders and curfews due to COVID-19, LAHSA decided it was not safe to gather 8,000 volunteers.
For the 2021 count, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority is looking for volunteers. People may sign up at theycountwillyou.org.