SANTA MONICA—The city of Santa Monica has announced that registration for the 2019 Santa Monica Homeless Count is open online. Human Services are in need of over 250 volunteers to help during the night of the event. Homeless counts are mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
According to a press release from the city of Santa Monica, the Homeless Count will transpire on January 23, 2019 from 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. The count will take place at St. Monica Catholic Community, Grand Pavilion located at 725 California Avenue.
The Annual Homeless County takes place each January, where volunteers take to the streets of Santa Monica to count the city’s vulnerable individuals, who are experiencing homelessness. The annual count is used by federal and regional agencies to identify communities that are contributing to overall reductions in homelessness and to allocate resources accordingly. Homeless individuals sleeping outdoors, as well as in cars, RVs, and tents are tallied. Homeless persons in shelters, jails and hospitals are also counted at each facility.
In 2017, the city of Santa Monica saw an increase of 26 percent from 2016, where only 728 individuals were on the street compared to 921.
To register or for more details about the Santa Monica Homeless Count visit www.santamonica.gov/homelesscount or call (310) 458-8701.