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2015 LA homeless census: Thousands of volunteers hit the streets

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A group of homeless travelers eat food that they purchased with McDonald's gift cards that they received after completing the Homeless Count survey.
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File: A group of homeless travelers eat food that they purchased with McDonald's gift cards that they received after completing the Homeless Count survey.

LA has one of the largest homeless populations in the US and the number seems to be growing. In three nights, volunteers take to the streets to get a more accurate picture.

Los Angeles has one of the largest populations of homeless persons in the nation and the number seems to be increasing.  

Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), which conducts a homeless count every two years, counted nearly 39,500 homeless persons in 2013. To get an accurate picture of how the population has changed since then, LAHSA will send 6,000 volunteers throughout the county from January 27-29. The purpose of the census is to find out who the homeless are and where they are living to better allocate federal, state and local resources.   

Clementina Verjan, interim director of policy and planning at the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, has more on the census.  

For more information about the count visit LAHSA's website

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