Homeless count

Volunteers are needed to help tally the Antelope Valley’s homeless population for the 2020 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count.

This year’s point-in-time count will be conducted Jan. 21 to 23 in Los Angeles County. Hundreds of volunteers are needed to count the number of people experiencing homelessness in the Antelope Valley from 6 to 9 a.m. Jan. 23.

As of Friday, 106 people signed up in the Antelope Valley but more people are needed.

The homeless count is man­dated by the U.S. De­part­ment of Housing and Urban De­vel­op­ment and coordinated by the Los An­geles Homeless Ser­vices Auth­ority. Al­though HUD re­quires the count only every two years, L.A. Coun­­ty con­ducts the count annually to have the most accurate data.

In the Antelope Valley the de­ploy­ment sites include Acton; Antelope Valley College; Lake Los Angeles; Leona Val­ley/Lake Elizabeth; east, west, south, and central Lancaster, Lit­tle­rock/Sun Village; and east and west Palmdale.

The count also helps of­fi­cials figure out where home­less people are so they can better direct out­­reach efforts.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Vol­un­teer counters typ­ic­al­ly work in teams of two peop­le who set out in their com­mu­nity to iden­tify and count home­less peop­le in their as­signed area. They con­duct visual counts of people liv­ing on the streets, in tents, in make­shift shelters or in their cars.

Volunteers can visit www.theycountwillyou.org/volunteer and select the deployment site of their choice.

Last year’s count showed the Valley’s home­less population grew 2.8% to 3,293 persons experiencing homelessness.

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