2020 Greater LA Homeless Count Begins

KNX 1070
January 21, 2020 - 8:51 am

Thousands of volunteers will prepare to begin the annual official count of the number of homeless people across the county Tuesday night.

Officials and volunteers with the LA Homeless Services Authority start their focus on the San Gabriel and San Fernando valleys. The effort is essential to understanding the extent of the homeless crisis. 

LA city councilman Joe Buscaino tells KNX he expects the numbers to go up.

He says the city of LA is doing all it can to deal with the problem but says other cities are just moving the homeless on:

"We are elected as local leaders to solve problems not push problems from one city limit to another city limit. Just like crime, just like the environment homelessness does not have borders, does not have boundaries," Buscaino said.

He says the city of Carson's rules banning overnight RV parking moves the homeless population there into city limits. Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti plans to join the counting effort during a kick-off event later on Tuesday night.

The count last year found that up to 60,000 people were living on the streets on any given night.

The 2020 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count will take place below:

January 21, 2020: San Gabriel and San Fernando Valleys 

January 22, 2020: West Los Angeles, Southeast Los Angeles, & the South Bay

January 23, 2020: Antelope Valley, Metro Los Angeles, and South Los Angeles

You can sign up at TheyCountWillYou.org

The LA County Board of Supervisors is set to vote Tuesday on a 40-point plan billed as a comprehensive response to the homeless crisis.