2023-01-25 05:44:55

Annual Count of Homeless Residents Begins in Los Angeles

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By Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles County's annual count of homeless residents began Tuesday night a crucial part of the region's efforts to get tens of thousands of unhoused people off the streets.

Up to 6,000 clipboard-toting volunteers with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority fanned out for the efforts main component, the unsheltered street tally.

The so-called point-in-time count will take place over three days and aims to estimate how many people are unhoused and what services they may require, such as mental health or drug addiction treatment.

LA County's count is the largest among similar tallies in major cities nationwide. The tally, which also makes use of demographic surveys and shelter counts, is mandated by the federal government for cities to receive certain kinds of funding.

The count this year comes amid public outrage over the perceived failure despite costly efforts to reduce the surging population of people living in cars, tents and makeshift street shelters.

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