The Pasadena Homeless Count is due to take place in January and volunteers are needed to help with the effort.

Traditionally, volunteers help count and survey homeless people on the streets of Pasadena to provide meaningful data that city leaders hope will help better understand the local homeless population and better inform the community. allocation of resources for services and programs.

During this year’s tally, volunteer teams of three to four are expected to work from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, January 25 and from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Wednesday, January 26 to count, survey and distribute kits. hygiene.

All volunteers are required to participate in both shifts, and the same teams will go out together in the evening and in the morning, according to city officials. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and must show proof of COVID vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of the homeless count.

All volunteers will also need to attend an online orientation to prepare for the count from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday January 18 or Wednesday January 19.

Los Angeles County’s homeless landscape was at crisis levels before the coronavirus swept through the region. The pandemic has only made the scenario worse. As of January 2019, Los Angeles County had 58,936 homeless people, but by January 2020 the number had risen to 66,433. The city of Los Angeles had 36,165 in 2019 and 41,290 in 2020.

With the annual homeless tally suspended by the deadly outbreak – they are expected to return in January – making it difficult for homeless officials and advocates to assess the current numbers, but experts say it has surely worsened . Although millions of dollars have been spent on shelters, ‘cottage’ villages and other short-term housing, many fear that the problem still exceeds current efforts to find solutions, as there is still a shortage. persistent affordable housing in the area.

Volunteer registration is open at www.pasadenapartnership.org to Friday January 7. Residents with questions should contact [email protected]