Tuesday – January 24   San Fernando & Santa Clarita Valley

About The Homeless Count

Three Days. Thousands of Volunteers. Everyone Counts. No Matter Where They Live.

All across Los Angeles every January, we embark on a three-day mission to count our homeless neighbors. From these efforts and thanks to our caring communities, we don’t have to accept homelessness as an unsolvable problem.

Last year we conducted the largest homeless census in the nation:

  • 7500+ volunteers
  • 100 percent coverage of the Los Angeles Continuum of Care’s census tracts
  • 5000+ completed demographic surveys


Because of partners like you, we shined a light on the critical issue of homelessness in the region, gleaned valuable data to support programs and funding and created new pathways for collaboration and involvement.

For more information on the 2016 Homeless Count and past year’s count results:


Why We Count

The Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count enables us to gather important data that is key for us to bring about an end to homelessness in Los Angeles.

Through the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, we will:

  • Inform the state of homelessness in LA
  • Bring vital community resources
  • Increase engagement bringing together leaders, residents and stakeholders

How We Count

There are four components to the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. Each of these components plays a vital role in understanding the state of homelessness in Los Angeles:

  • Street Count:

A visual-only tally of everyone unsheltered experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. This is the bulk of our volunteer opportunity and community engagement

  • Shelter/Institutional Count:

A count of everyone experiencing homelessness found in shelters, transitional housing, hospitals, and correctional facilities

  • Demographic Surveys:

A survey-based collection of all demographic information of those experiencing homelessness

  • About The Youth Count

    The Youth Count provides a snapshot of how many unaccompanied youth under age 18 (without a parent or guardian), and transition age young adults (age 18-24) are experiencing homelessness on any given night throughout the Los Angeles area.

    The Youth Count is a survey-based count where we capture both the demographic information and scale of the homeless youth population.

    Data collected from the Youth Count directly impacts local, state, and federal measures when addressing homeless youth services, and is a powerful tool for local planning and advocacy. Ultimately, counting youth and directing targeted resources help us prevent the next generation of chronically homeless adults.

  • http://www.theycountwillyou.org/youthcount

Los Angeles County has the highest unsheltered homeless population in the nation, but we don’t have to accept homelessness as an insolvable problem. Together, we can help end this.

All across Los Angeles, every January, we embark on a three-day mission to count our homeless neighbors. We are gearing up for the 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count – January 24-26. Honor this season of good works and gratitude by pledging your time as a volunteer – it’s a meaningful way to make a difference.

Registration is open at www.theycountwillyou.org

With your help, this past January, we conducted the largest homeless census in the nation. Together, more than 7500 volunteers counted 100 percent of the Los Angeles Continuum of Care’s census tracts and completed more than 5000 demographic surveys – a powerful demonstration of hands-on community engagement in the fight to end homelessness- Let’s do it again!  

You can also help by –

  • Becoming a Homeless Count ambassador.  The site has a host of promotional materials that you can share across your networks, including downloadable posters, flyers, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram content – so spread the word!
  • Following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up to the moment on news and updates. Make sure and tag us in your posts and tweets #theycountwillyou
  • Enlisting community groups and businesses to lend their promotional support and offer in-kind donations to support our volunteers.
  • Engaging in activities year-round.  Check our community calendar to find organizations offering volunteer activities throughout the year. Does your organization need volunteers? Add your event or activity and we’ll post it and help spread the word!

Volunteers are the backbone of the Homeless Count – thank you in advance for lending your time and talents to this important event.

Sign up today, because everyone counts, no matter where they live.


Jonathan Hans
Manager, Planning
Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority


Tuesday, January 24 2017
Santa Clarita & San Fernando Valley Count