GATEWAY AREA VOLUNTEERS ASSIST IN ANNUAL L.A. COUNTY HOMELESS COUNT
Every year, the county conducts a census of the homeless population through the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. The Count helps the public and government leaders better understand homelessness in our region and direct resources where they’re needed most. This year’s Count included more than 8,000 volunteers who canvassed more than 80 cities and 200 communities across L.A. County. In the Gateway area, the Count identified 14 homeless individuals living on the street or out of their cars. Gateway has long had a focus on the issue of homelessness, and Executive Director Laurie Hughes said getting an accurate count of individuals on the street helps focus resources. “It’s important to know what’s really happening on our streets so we can assist the homeless in getting the services and resources they need,” she said. Final results from the Count will be released in late May.