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PATH to Conduct 2013 Homeless Counts in Paramount and Huntington Park
People Assisting The Homeless (PATH) is recruiting volunteers to participate in the 2013 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count in the cities of Paramount and Huntington Park. In partnership with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), which is the lead agency responsible for completing the Count every two years, PATH will coordinate dozens of community volunteers to determine the number of individuals living on the streets of these two communities on any given night.
Los Angeles County has the largest homeless population in the United States. Knowing who and where the homeless people in our community are helps local service providers plan and identify the necessary resources to ultimately move families and individuals off the streets and into permanent housing. The Count also helps LAHSA demonstrate our region’s need for funding, housing, shelter, and service programs to the federal government.
Count Dates & Times
Huntington Park: Tuesday, January 29th, 2013, from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Salt Lake Park, 3401 E. Florence Ave., Huntington Park, CA 90255
Paramount: Thursday, January 31st, 2013, from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Paramount Community Center, 14400 Paramount Blvd., Paramount, CA 90723
An Interview with former Homeless Count Volunteer Suzanne Wilson
What was your experience like the first time you volunteered to help with the Homeless Count?
I first volunteered about five years ago in Hollywood. The training was quick and precise, mainly teaching us appropriate ways to approach individuals living on the streets and letting us know what we could expect from the experience. Basically, doing the Homeless Count is just like walking down the street. You keep an eye out for people you think are homeless and make note of areas that have signs that someone may be sleeping there, like cardboard boxes, blankets, personal items, etc. It’s just as easy as walking down the street in any other situation; you just observe your surroundings a little more.
We’re put into groups of at least five to ten people. With the number of other volunteers in my group with me, I’ve never felt a need to worry about my safety. The training beforehand also teaches how to avoid putting ourselves into potentially dangerous situations, so I’ve never felt like my team members or I were in any danger.
Why is the Homeless Count important?
By counting people experiencing homelessness, we can make sure that resources are allocated to help reduce homelessness by providing the right services and helping people who are homeless move off the streets and into permanent housing.
What would you say to people who have never volunteered for the Homeless Count before?
It’s a great experience. Volunteering for the Homeless Count has made me feel like I am helping people experiencing homelessness get the resources they need and, hopefully, like I am helping to reduce homelessness. Not only that, it’s also an eye-opener to see just how many people are living on the streets in our community and how the simple process of counting them can ultimately help so many people.
Founded in 1984, PATH works to address homelessness in Southern California through a combination of services leading to housing, including rapid re-housing assistance, strategic outreach, permanent supportive housing development and supportive services for the most vulnerable populations. PATH serves thousands of people in need each year. To learn more, please visit www.epath.org.