STATEMENT: Mayor Garcetti on the 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count
January 24, 2017
“People all over Los Angeles will come together on our region’s streets tonight to support Angelenos in the grip of homelessness. We took an extraordinary step forward with the passage of Prop. HHH, and the homeless count directly impacts the federal and state dollars necessary to shelter those without housing, offer services to those who most need them, and do all we can to live up to a fundamental belief in our city: having a home is a right that belongs to everyone. We need an accurate tally, but the homeless count isn't about statistics — it's about lifting up men, women, and children who are the face of a human crisis. Their stories demand our attention, and their circumstances compel us to action.” — Mayor Eric Garcetti
The LAHSA Homeless Point-in-time Count is a crucial data point to determine the number of homeless individuals and families are residing within the Los Angeles region (City and County) on any given night. The results from the Count allow LAHSA to secure federal Continuum of Care (CoC) funding and are used to inform local policy decisions on how to allocate funding. The 2017 count takes place over a course of three days and nights (January 24, 25, and 26), as LAHSA staff and trained volunteers fan out across the region to collect data.