Volunteers To Count LA’s Homeless

LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than 5,000 volunteers have fanned out across the city and county of Los Angeles to count the homeless, in what officials say is the nation’s largest homeless census.

The volunteers, equipped with maps, clipboards and flashlights, are scouring 4,000 square miles this week, peering down back alleys, scanning junk-filled cars, and checking crevices around freeway underpasses.

Michael Arnold, executive director of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, says with two-thirds of the county’s 43,000 homeless people living on the street, the only way to count them is to go out and find them.

The federal government requires communities to count their homeless population every two years in order to qualify for homeless assistance funding.

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  1. Timmy says:

    Get Tim conway Jr to volunteer!

  2. MAKMASTER77 says:

    THE USA GIVES MORE ATTENTION TO THE PLIGHT OF ANIMALS THAN THE HOMELESS…MY HEART AND MY DOLLARS HAVE WENT OUT TO HELP THEM…WE NEED TO TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN INSTEAD OF THE REST OF THE WORLD…NUFF TYPED

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