Homeless Counts Begin in SoCal, L.A. County

Southern California’s annual homeless count is getting underway. Los Angeles volunteers hit the streets Tuesday night to tally homeless individuals and encampments. Other SoCal counties – Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura -- also started yesterday or will do so next week.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) organizes the census every year. Last year, volunteers counted 59,000 people experiencing homelessness in L.A. County but that number has been in dispute, with many saying it underestimates the actual scale of homelessness. People without homes who are couch surfing or living in motels are not counted in the census, for instance. 

Read more about how the census will be conducted at LAist