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Volunteers Needed for Local Homelessness Counts

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Cities in the Los Angeles metro area are preparing for counts of homeless individuals that will take place at the end of the month.

The City of Santa Monica, who will hold its annual count on the night of January 30, explained in a press release that counts help cities to understand fluctuating homeless populations, adjust public programs and services for the homeless, and raise public awareness of homeless issues.

Volunteers are still needed for counts in Long Beach and Santa Monica, as well as the massive Greater Los Angeles count headed by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA).

Here are details about three major counts, and how to get info for volunteering:

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Long Beach Citywide Count of Homeless Persons
January 24
Approximately 300 volunteers are needed. Information here.

LAHSA Greater Los Angeles Homelessness Count
January 29-31
Sign up at or call (213) 225-8411 for more information.

Santa Monica Annual Homelessness Count
January 30
200 volunteers needed. RSVP here.