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.