May 20, 2022 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Santa Monicans Out for the Annual Homeless Count:

A past-midnight start didn’t deter the 300+ volunteers who turned out to help Santa Monica’s homeless by way of the Annual Homeless Count Wednesday night. Now in its fifth year, the count plays a crucial role in resource allocation, funds appropriation and solution management in the City.

 

“It’s the most eye-opening experience,” said five-year veteran volunteer, Team Captain Lynne Thomas. “Tonight is the night where you go round and you see; Number 1 – have we fought it?, Number 2, what areas do we need to focus on?”

The evening began with an energetic training session, with teams gathering and enjoying the comradery of neighbors and friends. “It was inspiring to see 200 volunteers from diverse sectors of our community gather late at night for this critical effort,” commented Mayor Pro-Tem Ted Winterer, who addressed the volunteers before the count began.

“I am always impressed with the diversity and enthusiasm of the residents, young and old, who support this effort,” said Councilwoman Sue Himmelrich, rugged up for the evening. “Based on my observation last night in the streets, the problem is growing worse, and we need to find new and better strategies for housing for all.” 

Thomas agreed that it’s more than simply providing a bed for the homeless, “Are we getting them resumes, jobs, places to live, getting them on their feet?” she said.

Information gathered by the volunteers allows the City to provide an assessment based on data that enables them to acquire more funding to help to support programs and activities that the City has in an effort to gain more housing for the homeless, Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks told The Mirror.

“What we strive to do is create that bridge of services that moves people along from living in the street to potentially being on the pathway to being housed,” she said.

The 2015 Homeless Count registered 738 homeless people in Santa Monica, 2014 saw 742 recorded. 

in News
Related Posts

Motional And UberEats Launch Autonomous Deliveries In Santa Monica

May 18, 2022

May 18, 2022

There Are Plans For Expansion Into The Rest Of Los Angeles Motional, a global driverless technology leader, and Uber Technologies...

Winston Pies Opening Third Location In Santa Monica

May 18, 2022

May 18, 2022

The restaurant used to be known as ButterCrust Pies Winston Pies is staying in Santa Monica when opening their third...

Only 10 Vaquita Porpoises Survive, But The Species May Not Be Doomed

May 17, 2022

May 17, 2022

Hope remains for the porpoise species not only survive but thrive with human help. By Stuart Wolpert The vaquita porpoise,...

The American Cinematheque Brings “Bleak Week” To Santa Monica’s Aero Theatre And The Los Feliz Three Theatre

May 17, 2022

May 17, 2022

33 Films From 18 Countries In One Week. By Dolores Quintana Sometimes when things are tough and you’re feeling down,...

Man Who Murdered His Family Members Pleads Guilty To Five Other Killings

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Escobar injured an additional seven other people as well.  By Dolores Quintana A man, Ramon Escobar, has pleaded guilty to...

The price of gasoline in Los Angeles County Has Experienced The Largest Increase Since February

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Gasoline prices in Orange County Have Also Increased By Dolores Quintana Regular self-serve gasoline in the county of Los Angeles...

Santa Monica Travel Summit Of 2022 Returns To Take On Tomorrow

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

The Event Was Held At The Jonathan Club On Santa Monica Beach By Staff Writer The 2022 Santa Monica Tourism...

City Council Extends Santa Monica’s Parklet Program: Santa Monica Beat – May 16th, 2022

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes.* City Council Extends Santa Monica’s Parklet Program * Santa Monica High School Students...

1221 Ocean Avenue Complex Sold For Record Price

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Sold for a record price of $330 million. By Dolores Quintana The Irvine Company has sold 1221 Ocean Avenue to...

Office Construction Is Starting To Rise In Los Angeles

May 15, 2022

May 15, 2022

Property vacancies are still affecting growth.  By Dolores Quintana In March, the Los Angeles Metropolitan area had 3.2 million square...

Santa Monica City Council Selects Doug Sloan as New City Attorney

May 12, 2022

May 12, 2022

At its meeting this week, the Santa Monica City Council appointed Doug Sloan to serve as Santa Monica’s next City...

Landmark Theater Closing in Former Westside Pavillion

May 12, 2022

May 12, 2022

Theater will close at the end of month By Sam Catanzaro The Landmark Pico theater at the former Westside Pavillion...

Community Policing at the Heart of Beat Four

May 11, 2022

May 11, 2022

The Neighborhood Resource Officer (NRO) Program thrives through community involvement and collective work. Today we hear from Officer Aaron Alpert...

Santa Monica High School Among Top-900 Schools in Country

May 10, 2022

May 10, 2022

SAMOHI ranked 829 out of over 18,000 total schools By Staff Writer Santa Monica High School is among the top...

Pico Marketplace Changing Small Businesses Access to Retail Space: Santa Monica Beat – May 10th, 2022

May 10, 2022

May 10, 2022

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes.* Pico Marketplace Changing Small Businesses Access to Retail Space* Grunion Fish Seen...