Downey calls on volunteers to count homeless population

Photo by Oscar Dominguez, via Councilwoman Blanca Pacheco's Facebook page.

Photo by Oscar Dominguez, via Councilwoman Blanca Pacheco's Facebook page.

DOWNEY – Downey will once again participate in the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Homeless Count, scheduled to take place in just a few weeks. 

Volunteers in the count will comb the streets of Downey in order to tally individuals’ currently experiencing homelessness. The count will help determine the number, demographic, and location of homeless persons, while also ultimately aiding in the determination of how resources will be allocated to combat homelessness. 

Last year’s count showed an increase of estimated individuals experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County, increasing  from 44,359 to 46,874, according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.

However, there were also showings of significant drops in veteran and family homelessness. 

This year’s count will take place January 24th- 26th. Downey’s portion will be held on Tuesday the 24th, kicking off from First Baptist Church at 8348 3rd Street. 

Those wishing to participate will need to register at theywillcountyou.org. For more information on the Count, please visit lahsa.org.