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:
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
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.