For most of us, solving the problem of homelessness is overwhelming. But this week there is something you can do that really will make a difference – volunteer to help with the city’s annual homeless count on Thursday, January 26th from 8-11 p.m.
Annually, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Agency (LAHSA) conducts an on-the-ground census of men, women and children who need assistance throughout the city, using more than 1,000 volunteers. This year, once again, the local effort to count homeless people on our neighborhood streets is being organized by the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council.
“The Greater Wilshire area needs about 45 volunteers for the 19 Census Tracts we’ll canvass,” said Joe Hoffman, GWNC board member and veteran counter. “This is a visual-only count, done mostly by car in teams of 2-4…and we’ll provide training on the night of the census.”
Volunteers joining the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council will gather at 600 S. LaBrea on Thursday, January 26th from 8-11pm. Volunteers can click here to sign up.
If you have questions, please e-mail Joe Hoffman at [email protected]. In the next week, those who have registered at the link above will receive more information via e-mail. If you put together a team and have a preference as to the area you’d like to count, please add that to the comments during your registration.
It’s three hours of your life and it does make a difference.