LA begins annual count of homeless residents
Los Angeles County's annual count of homeless residents began Tuesday night — a crucial part of the region's efforts to get tens of thousands of unhoused people off the streets.
Up to 6,000 clipboard-toting volunteers with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority fanned out for the effort’s main component, the unsheltered street tally.
SEATTLE OFFICIALS PROPOSE OFFERING GIFT CARDS TO METH ADDICTS TO ENCOURAGE SOBRIETY AS DRUG OVERDOSES SURGELA County's count is the largest among similar tallies in major cities nationwide.
The 2022 count reported more than 69,000 people were homeless on any given night in LA County, a 4.1% rise from 2020.
About 42,000 were within the city of Los Angeles, where public frustration has grown as tents have proliferated on sidewalks and in parks and other locations.
Karen Bass, the new mayor of Los Angeles, joined LA city and county officials to kick off the count in the North Hollywood neighborhood of LA's San Fernando Valley.
$1.5M WORTH OF DRUGS SEIZED FROM VACANT SEATTLE APARTMENTThe count also got under way in the San Gabriel Valley east of downtown.
The mayor, a Democrat, has said that in her first year, she intends to move more than 17,000 homeless people into interim and permanent housing.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPCity Hall, the City Council and the LA County Board of Supervisors have said they intend to work together to tackle the crisis.
Progress hasn’t been apparent despite billions spent on programs to curb homelessness, including $1.2 billion in the current city budget.
Homelessness remains hugely visible throughout California with people living in tents and cars and sleeping outdoors on sidewalks and under highway overpasses.
The results of the homeless count are expected to be released in late spring or early summer.