September 23, 2020 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

Everyone Counts

Left to right: Jeb Paulson, Nick Antonicello, Matt Royce, Will Hawkins, and Sunny Bak were in for the count.

by Kelly Layne

On a chilly Wednesday night in Venice last week, community volunteers warmed hearts as they came out to support the annual Homeless Count.

2. Homeless Count 2017
Erika Lee, Development Manager at VCHC preparing the troops.

Over 50 volunteers gathered at the Venice Community Housing Corporation (VCHC) in the evening on January 25th to divide and conquer the Venice-specific homeless count. In teams of three to four, neighbors set out to quantify the reality of those living on the streets.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LASHA) began coordinating biennial counts in 2005 that are now well-established annual “Point-in-Time” counts throughout the city.

The count is invaluable for helping to collect data that will ultimately contribute to the end of homelessness. LASHA says “All across Los Angeles, every January, we embark on a three-day mission to count our homeless neighbors. From these efforts, and thanks to our caring communities, we don’t have to accept homelessness as an unsolvable problem.”

3. Homeless Count 2017
Marc Salzberg & Taylor Bazley “mapping” it all out.

LASHA was created in 1993 to address the problem of homelessness and is a joint powers authority of the City and County of Los Angeles. It is responsible for funding and coordination of homeless services and housing assistance to support the homeless population of men, women, and children in the City and County of Los Angeles.

Locally, the Venice Community Housing Corporation is an organization and resource for the Venice homeless community. Development Director, Mynra Bohan, said they are thrilled to serve as a homeless count partner and hosting agency year after year, as the count is as important for them as it is for the city and LASHA. It helps them with their annual projections to do the work they do, and they love spearheading community volunteers.

4. Homeless Count 2017
The Venice community volunteer turn-out.

The impressive turn out on Wednesday night was a reminder of the camaraderie that exists in Venice. From city officials to VCHC founder Steve Claire to Venice Neighborhood Council (VNC) Homeless Committee members to homeowners and neighbors alike.

Sunny Bak is President of the Venice Art Crawl, Vice President of Chamber of Commerce, and a VNC Homeless Committee member. She said she thought it was important to participate in the count as a member of the Homeless Committee so she could see first hand how many are homeless, who they are, and what’s happening out on the streets. Bak said that almost all of the Homeless Committee members came out to support and they hadn’t even planned it. Together, they set out on a mission to tackle their territory and didn’t head home until the work was done.

The result of this year’s citywide count is expected to be in around May. In 2016, the total number of homeless in Council District 11 was 2,529. A breakdown of the citywide numbers from last year’s count is online at www.lahsa.org/homeless-count/reports.

To learn more about LASHA go to www.lahsa.org/about and to see what the Venice Community Housing Corporation is up to, and to get involved, visit their website at www.vchcorp.org/about-us.

Related Posts

Are Wildfires Making You Sick?

September 22, 2020

September 22, 2020

UCLA pulmonologist on how people can tell if the wildfires are making them sick By Toi Creel Even if you...

County Has Issued Over 45 Citations to Businesses Violating COVID-19 Rules This Month

September 22, 2020

September 22, 2020

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has issued 46 citations to 25 businesses since August 30 By Sam Catanzaro...

County Watching for Surge in COVID-19 Cases

September 22, 2020

September 22, 2020

County health officials keeping close eye on data this week By Sam Catanzaro Los Angeles County health officials are monitoring...

Suspect at-Large in Venice Double Shooting

September 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

Shooting takes place after argument between three men over weekend By Sam Catanzaro Los Angeles police are searching for a...

4.6 Quake Felt in Venice

September 19, 2020

September 19, 2020

4.6 magnitude quake recorded Friday night By Sam Catanzaro A 4.6 magnitude earthquake struck the San Gabriel Valley Friday sending shock...

Edify TV: Miramar Santa Monica Redevelopment

September 18, 2020

September 18, 2020

The Santa Monica skyline may look different in the future with a major redevelopment of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel &...

Moved up Census: Time for Californians to Act

September 17, 2020

September 17, 2020

By Tom Elias, Columnist  California polls now show President Trump trails Democrat Joseph Biden in the upcoming presidential election by...

Edify TV: Sit-down Dining Safety?

September 17, 2020

September 17, 2020

Despite a recent CDC report stating the risks of in-person dining, many Westside restaurant patrons feel the experience is safe....

Arson at Venice Beach Homeless Encampment

September 17, 2020

September 17, 2020

Tent goes up in flames Thursday morning By Sam Catanzaro A fire broke out at a Venice Beach encampment Thursday...

Sur La Table to Vacate the Westside

September 17, 2020

September 17, 2020

Popular culinary store closing stores nationwide By Sam Catanzaro Sur La Table is closing its Santa Monica location, marking the...

Venice Beach Pier Sexual Assault Update

September 16, 2020

September 16, 2020

LAPD says victim’s vehicle in September 8 assault missing By Sam Catanzaro Los Angeles police have provided an update in...

COVID-19 Continues to Decrease in LA but Air Quality Reducing Testing

September 15, 2020

September 15, 2020

Smoke advisory in effect through Wednesday By Sam Catanzaro While COVID-19 cases continue to decrease in Los Angeles County, health...

Edify TV: Westsiders Working out Amid Poor Air Quality

September 15, 2020

September 15, 2020

With poor air quality due to wildfire smoke, local health officials are urging the public to avoid outdoor activity but...

COVID-19 Could Have Been in Los Angeles as Early as Last December

September 15, 2020

September 15, 2020

UCLA study reports significant increase in coughs and acute respiratory failure prior to first official cases of COVID-19 By Sam...

Willy California Wants Men to Rethink Their Closet

September 15, 2020

September 15, 2020

Local clothing line reimagines athleisure By Toi Creel With ranges in styles for men’s clothing from suits and professional clothing...