Annual Count of LA County’s Homeless Population Begins

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The 2023 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, a point-in-time snapshot of homelessness in Los Angeles County that helps determine the distribution of funding and services to the unhoused, began Tuesday evening.

This year’s count could bear extra significance, given the priority that new Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass has placed on addressing the crisis since taking office in December. She declared a state of emergency over homelessness as her first official act and has stressed collaboration with the county and LAHSA, a joint powers authority coordinated by both the city and county.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors quickly followed Bass’ announcement with its own state of emergency declaration, as did the neighboring city of Long Beach.

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