MALIBU—The city of Malibu is seeking community volunteers to assist with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s (LAHSA) annual Homeless Count on January 22, 2020 from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The federally mandated Homeless Count was implemented to provide accurate data in the homeless population to strategize funding, resources and community awareness activities to address homelessness across Los Angeles County.

Volunteers are asked to register in advance to ensure there are sufficient numbers of volunteers. No experience is necessary and training will be provided the morning of the count, starting at 7:00 a.m. at Malibu City Hall, located at 23825 Stuart Ranch Road.

Volunteers will be broken into groups and assigned an area to conduct the count from a vehicle. Most volunteers will not need to get out of their vehicle or interact directly with homeless individuals. To volunteer or for more information, visit the Homeless Count website and enter Malibu’s zip code, 90265.

The data gathered from the Homeless Count seeks to help service providers, policy makers, local governments, elected officials and other stakeholders to pinpoint geographic and demographic diversity of homelessness. In doing so, housing and health services will be provided to ensure more effective and responsive to the needs of the community.

The city of Malibu utilizes data gathered from the Homeless Count to assist the ongoing implementation of the Homelessness Strategic Plan. The Homelessness Strategic Plan aims to assist homeless individuals, mitigate public health and public safety impacts, and align local efforts with those of the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative. The Malibu Homelessness Working Group comprised of City staff, outreach workers, faith community, and residents meets on a monthly basis to review community and city efforts to execute the plan.

For more details about Malibu’s homeless initiatives, contact Sarah Kaplan at 310-456-2489, ext. 368 or or visit the homelessness page.