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  • Alternative to Camping out in Harbor City
    Camping out in Harbor City
  • Alternative to Looking across the bay toward downtown Long Beach
    Looking across the bay toward downtown Long Beach
  • Alternative to A tale of two Westwoods
    A tale of two Westwoods
  • Alternative to Feeding the birds in Westwood
    Feeding the birds in Westwood
  • Alternative to Tents and a tidy bungalow: together but worlds apart in Central L.A.
    Tents and a tidy bungalow: together but worlds apart in Central L.A.
  • Alternative to County buildings, like this one in San Pedro, are not immune
    County buildings, like this one in San Pedro, are not immune
  • Alternative to Blue tarps amid the green in Washington Park in Pomona
    Blue tarps amid the green in Washington Park in Pomona
  • Alternative to Along Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock
    Along Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock
  • Alternative to RVs turn into homes in a makeshift neighborhood east of LAX
    RVs turn into homes in a makeshift neighborhood east of LAX
  • Alternative to An Echo Park scene
    An Echo Park scene
  • Alternative to Sleeping in the shadow of high-rises in Westwood
    Sleeping in the shadow of high-rises in Westwood
  • Alternative to In Pasadena's Central Park
    In Pasadena's Central Park
  • Alternative to A hopeful sentiment chalked on the sidewalk in a San Pedro greenbelt
    A hopeful sentiment chalked on the sidewalk in a San Pedro greenbelt


It is a crisis unfolding in plain sight in virtually every corner of Los Angeles County. From Pomona to San Pedro, Echo Park to Eagle Rock, Central L.A. to Westwood, homeless encampments have cropped up in communities well outside Los Angeles’ traditional epicenter of homelessness, downtown’s Skid Row. From January 24-January 26, 2017,  thousands of volunteers will fan out to conduct the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count—the largest such census in the nation. Their efforts will touch nearly every community in the county, including places like those pictured in this gallery of images shot in recent days by Los Angeles County photographers.

In response to an issue of such geographic breadth and complexity, the wide-ranging Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative was approved by the Board of Supervisors last year. Its 47 strategies combine proven and innovative approaches, reaching across governmental and community boundaries to forge effective partnerships and get results. To provide ongoing funding for services and housing, the Board last month placed on the March 7 ballot Measure H, which would provide an estimated $355 million a year for a decade.

As one anonymous local chalk artist wrote recently on a park sidewalk: “We’re homeless, not hopeless.” To be part of a more hopeful future for thousands of homeless residents, click here to volunteer for this year’s count.