8,000 volunteers counting homeless in Los Angeles County
Jan. 24, 2018
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nearly 8,000 volunteers are fanning out as part of a three-night effort to count homeless people in most of Los Angeles County.
The count organized by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority kicked off from various deployment sites Tuesday and continues Wednesday and Thursday.
The data gathered are used to help officials request and allocate funding for homeless services.
This year's count comes as money is coming in from two ballot measures. Proposition HHH, approved by voters in 2016, will allow the city of Los Angeles to issue $1.2 billion in bonds to construct housing. Measure H, approved last March, will make $355 million in sales tax revenue available for services across LA County.
The tally will include most of the county — with the cities of Long Beach, Glendale and Pasadena under different jurisdictions.