L.A., Long Beach postpone homeless count as COVID surge continues

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FILE - Homeless men pack up their camp on Jan. 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Photo credit Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

LOS ANGELES (KNX) — With more than 45,000 new cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles and 19,150 cases in Long Beach, both cities have decided to postpone 2022 homeless counts.

Assemblymember Lisa Calderon shared the L.A. news Friday, saying the end of January count was postponed and will now take place between Feb. 22 and 24.

In a statement shared Friday, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis commended the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) for putting the health and safety of volunteers and staff first.

"After almost two years of disruption caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, getting a complete picture on the state of homelessness in Los Angeles County, is more important than ever," she said.

"Postponing the count until we can do so safely will help ensure the accuracy of the homeless count. I look forward to joining LAHSA and hundreds of volunteers across the County in February."

To learn how to take place in the count as a volunteer, click here.

In Long Beach, which runs it's own homeless count, the 2022 Homeless Point in Time Count has also been pushed back. Theirs will take place on Feb. 24, according to a city statement. The count was previously scheduled to take place on Jan. 25.

"This point-in-time (PIT) count is a communitywide effort to count and survey unsheltered people experiencing homelessness in our community," the city said.

250 volunteers are needed to help conduct the count, to directly hear from the city's homeless residents and help determine the scope of homelessness and what resources are available or needed. To volunteer, click here.

The city of Pasadena has also pushed back it's homeless count, according to the Press Telegram. The newspaper reported that the city will now conduct it's count on Feb. 22.

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