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O’Farrell lends district office to 2016 L.A. Homeless Count

LOS ANGELES — City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell has announced that his Echo Park District Office will participate as a volunteer deployment site for the 2016 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count being conducted by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.

The homeless count is a three-day countywide census of the homeless population that provides data used to determine federal funding assistance and to help allocate local funding.

“Everyday across the city, we see more homeless people seeking shelter anywhere there’s a vacant, neglected piece of property that can offer some level of privacy,” O’Farrell said. “In order to house and provide services to them, we need current data. I am pleased to work on the homeless count. The work we accomplish together during the event will underscore the need for supportive housing and help us direct much needed services to those suffering from homelessness in our area.”

The Los Angeles Metro Homeless Count will be held the night of Jan. 28. The homeless services authority will be aided by thousands of volunteers across the city, who will be walking or driving in groups to take the census block by block.

“We want to thank Councilmember O’Farrell for his support of the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count and our shared goal of eradicating homelessness in Los Angeles,” said Grace Weltman, director of policy and planning for the homeless service authority. “Thanks to strong leadership across the region and the widespread engagement of the community, we are poised to conduct the largest homeless census in the nation and capture data that will help us better serve those in need.

Participation in Councilman O’Farrell’s district is being coordinated by the Echo Park Improvement Association and its community partners.

“We are thrilled to be able to partner with the council office and LAHSA on the homeless count,” said Andrew Garsten, president of the improvement association. “Homelessness is one of the top issues in the city, and I invite Echo Park residents to get involved in the event that will help direct more supportive services out to places where it is so desperately needed.”

O’Farrell encourages all communities within the 13th Council District and across the city to participate in the 2016 Homeless Count for their respective areas, whether it is providing an area deployment site or volunteering to assist in this important community effort.

The Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count takes placeJan. 26-28, throughout the county and is expected to be the largest homeless census in the nation. Organizers are currently looking for 6,000 volunteers to support the effort.

Volunteers can register for the count at www.TheyCountWillYou.org.


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