Community Volunteers Needed for Malibu’s 2022 Homeless Count – Santa Monica Daily Press
Members of the Malibu community are invited to volunteer to participate in the annual homeless count that will take place in Malibu on January 26, 2022, when thousands of volunteers will help the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) conduct the annual street count of the county’s homeless population.
“The annual homeless count is an important way to collect valuable, real data that is crucial to creating effective policies and programs to address the humanitarian crisis of homelessness,” said Mayor Paul Grisanti. “Volunteering for the Homeless Count is a valuable learning experience and also a great way for community members to contribute to collective efforts to address homelessness.
The 2020 homeless count results showed 66,436 people homeless in Los Angeles County. It showed 239 people homeless in Malibu, an increase from 154 in 2019 and 155 in 2018. However, an informal tally by the Malibu Homelessness Working Group in 2021 showed 157 people homeless in Malibu. The 239 counted in 2020 is believed to be due to a change in out-of-town parking regulations that pushed many cars and RVs to Malibu.
Volunteers are needed to conduct counting activities in Malibu. Any community members interested in participating in this year’s count can find more information or register on the count’s website at TheyCountWillYou.org. Volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The purpose of this federally mandated count goes far beyond meeting a requirement. The benefits of conducting the homeless count include providing accurate, on-the-ground data to inform homelessness efforts in Los Angeles County. The data collected helps service providers, policymakers, local governments, elected officials and other stakeholders understand the geographic and demographic diversity of homelessness so that the types of services and housing provided are more responsive to the needs of homelessness. community and more effective.
Homeless Count data is also important for tracking, measuring and tracking progress towards homelessness, which can be used to adjust programs and policies. It will be used to assist in the ongoing implementation of the City of Malibu Homelessness Strategic Plan.
To learn more, visit www.MalibuCity.org/Homelessness.
Submitted by Matt Myerhoff