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Santa Monica Seeks Volunteers for 2019 Homeless Count


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January 3, 2019 -- The City of Santa Monica is seeking volunteers to comb the beach town on the night of January 23 and count the number of people who are homeless.

More than 250 people participated in last year's count, which found 957 homeless people living in the city, up from of 921 persons counted in the 2017 ("Santa Monica’s Homeless Population Continued to Rise," March 7, 2018).

The volunteers will gather at the Grand Pavilion at St. Monica Catholic Community, 725 California Avenue, before they begin the annual search for people who are living on the streets, on the beach, in parks and other public spaces, as well as in their cars.

"The Count and demographic survey give a snapshot of who is experiencing homelessness and where they are located," City officials said.

This information helps the City "measure progress towards addressing homelessness."

An annual ritual across the nation during the last week of January, the homeless count is mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to determine the amount of federal funds allocated to tackle the issue.

The Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count is the largest in the country.

This year's count will take place on Wednesday, January 23 from 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. and is part of the countywide census by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA).

Staff from the City and service agencies will team up with community volunteers to comb every block of Santa Monica -- a total of 226 street miles -- and count the number of people sleeping on every street.

At the same time, the homeless in the city’s shelters, jails, motels and hospitals will counted by staff at those facilities.

Following the count, a representative sample of homeless residents will be surveyed throughout the County to gather more in-depth information.

The information will be used as the benchmark for planning and funding programs.

To volunteer click here.

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