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LA, Long Beach, and Santa Monica Will Count their Homeless at the End of This Month, Volunteers Needed

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Homeless population counts will be taking place at the end of January in Los Angeles County and separately in Long Beach and Santa Monica, and each count is in need of volunteers to help out. The counts are mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and take place every two years.

In Los Angeles County,the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) organizes volunteers to go out into the community to take a count of all the homeless, in order to better plan and provide resources and services, with the goal of moving individuals and families into housing. The Los Angeles count takes place over three days--January 25th, 26th and 27th--and it is a massive undertaking, requiring the help of over 4,000 volunteers. Interested volunteers can sign up online; group participation is encouraged.

The 2011 Greater Los Angeles Count Schedule is as follows:
-Tuesday, January 25, 2011 (8PM) - San Gabriel Valley, East LA County
-Wednesday, January 26, 2011 (8PM) - West LA, South Bay
-Thursday, January 27, 2011 (8PM) - Metro LA, South LA, San Fernando Valley
-Thursday, January 27, 2011 (6AM) - Antelope Valley