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PhiLAnthropist Counts the Homeless in Venice

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The 2009 Los Angeles Homeless Count began last night, primarily covering the Westside including Venice, Santa Monica and West LA. One-hundred or so volunteers of all ages met in Culver City to split into teams and receive instructions on how to properly count.

While some volunteers already had their own teams, this LAister showed up solo and quickly found other friendly and like-minded people to join. LAHSA assigned each group of 4 of 6 people a specific area to count, including every street, alley and park. The visual count included homeless individuals and families, as well as vehicles and encampments with people sleeping inside and the tally sheets broke it down this way.