January 21, 2022 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Santa Monica Homeless Count Preparation Begins:

With 2012 weeks away, the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and City Hall’s Human Services Division are teaming up for the annual Homeless Count. To take place on Jan. 25, both the Chamber and City Hall are searching for volunteers to foot across the city and tally up the number of homeless individuals living in the city.

City Hall is required to conduct homeless counts every odd year in order to receive federal funding for homelessness programs from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

However, the City of Santa Monica conducts the count annually to more accurately track the changes in homelessness and evaluate the success of local efforts.

In a meeting of the Chamber’s Homelessness Committee on Nov. 14 at Chamber headquarters, Human Services’ Natasha Guest outlined how the annual homeless count worked and how City Hall would execute the data collection event in January.

According to City Hall, there was no change in the number of homeless living in Santa Monica in 2011 when compared to 2010.

However, a two-year comparison of homeless data shows a 19 percent drop in homelessness in Santa Monica, City Hall reports.

The Homeless Count has also “helped more than 100 Santa Monica residents avoid homelessness,” the city points out.

“The count helps us track our data,” Guest said. “We can’t address a problem unless we have data to inform our policy.”

Guest said that Los Angeles County has about 50,000 homeless people.

“That’s people living without proper habitation,” she said, adding people who live in emergency housing, transitional housing, in their car, or on the streets are all considered homeless.

While the numbers are much smaller in Santa Monica, Guest pointed out the city needs between 200 and 250 volunteers to help count the city’s homeless, be it in a shelter or on the streets.

The Chamber has been active in promoting the homeless count and urging the Santa Monica business community to actively take part in the annual event.

“The Chamber’s Homelessness Committee not only encourages Homeless Count participation, but also sustained community engagement,” said Brian Chase, the Chamber’s Director of Government Affairs.

As part of its Business Cares program, the Chamber’s Homelessness Committee not only connects local business with social service providers, but also specifically looks to bring in as many volunteers as possible when it comes to the annual homeless count.

“The Santa Monica Chamber has been a proud partner of the homeless count for several years now,” Chase said. “In helping recruit volunteers, we extend this opportunity to the business community as an excellent way to connect employees with one of Santa Monica’s most important community service events.”

The Jan. 25 homeless count will begin at 10:30 p.m.

For more information, visit http://www.smgov.net/Portals/Homelessness/content3Column.aspx?id=25157.

in News
Related Posts

Anti-Vaccine and Mask Rally Coming to Santa Monica This Weekend

January 20, 2022

January 20, 2022

Ocean Avenue protest will draw 300-400 people Saturday By Sam Catanzaro 300-400 people are expected to attend an anti-vaccine and...

Popular Taco Spot Coming to Santa Monica

January 19, 2022

January 19, 2022

Tacos Tu Made opening in former Obica space By Dolores Quintana A popular taco spot is opening its first Santa...

Arrest Made in Murder of Brianna Kupfer

January 19, 2022

January 19, 2022

Shawn Laval Smith in police custody By Sam Catanzaro Police have arrested a man suspected of the murder of Brianna...

Police Say Suspect in Brianna Kupfer Murder Case Has Been Seen in Santa Monica

January 19, 2022

January 19, 2022

UPDATE: Shawn Laval Smith, the suspect responsible for the murder of Brianna Kupfer is in custody, after being located and...

160 Santa Monica City Employees Have Confirmed COVID Infections

January 19, 2022

January 19, 2022

Public Works employees record most cases among workforce By Dolores Quintana Among Santa Monica city employees there are a total...

Effort to Recall LA City Councilmember Mike Bonin Falls Short

January 19, 2022

January 19, 2022

Final tally 1,350 signatures short of required amount  By Dolores Quintana The group that attempted to recall Los Angeles City...

World’s Largest Wildlife Crossing Set to Break Ground

January 18, 2022

January 18, 2022

Crossing over the 101 Freeway set to break ground this spring By Sam Catanzaro The world’s largest wildlife crossing will...

Santa Monica Unified Among Top School Districts in California

January 18, 2022

January 18, 2022

SMMUSD earns high marks in Niche survey By Sam Catanzaro The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) is among the...

Los Angeles Homeless Count Postponed Amid COVID-19 Surge

January 18, 2022

January 18, 2022

LAHSA count to take place February 23 for Westside By Sam Catanzaro On Friday, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority...

Anti-Semitic Fliers Linking Jewish People to Anti-Vaxx Movement Posted at Santa Monica Schools

January 17, 2022

January 17, 2022

Police investigation incidents at Eddison, Will Rogers, McKinley and Grant elementary schools By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica police are investigating...

Demolition Delayed For Parking Lot 3 Due to Injunction: Santa Monica Beat – January 17th, 2022

January 17, 2022

January 17, 2022

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes.*  New Covid Policies For SMMUSD Unvaccinated Students*  Demolition Delayed For Parking Lot...

Tsunami Leaves Santa Monica Undamaged

January 17, 2022

January 17, 2022

Volcanic explosion in Tonga sends small tsunami to West Coast over the weekend By Sam Catanzaro A tsunami that reached...

Tsunami Advisory Issued, Lifted for Santa Monica

January 15, 2022

January 15, 2022

Update: the National Weather Service canceled the tsunami advisory at 12:37 a.m. January 16. No damage expected for Santa Monica...

Santa Monica Vons’s Development Sees Design Changes

January 14, 2022

January 14, 2022

Santa Monica’s 710 Broadway development design changes shown in new renderings By Dolores Quintana The 710 Broadway Project developer has...

Bel Air Megamansion ‘The One’ Is Finally Being Put up for Sale

January 14, 2022

January 14, 2022

$295 million asking price for infamous property By Dolores Quintana The One, the most famous of all the megamansions and...