Tag Archives: homeless count

Los Angeles Homeless Numbers: Making It Count

Could it be that the tide of homelessness in Southern California has peaked? Leaders and advocates are cautiously optimistic.

We’re working on the homeless problem, but don’t expect instant results

Even though this year’s homeless numbers increased, we should remain hopeful.

Homelessness in Los Angeles: Down For the Count?

As for Los Angeles, our city has not lacked in creative, hard working efforts to house its homeless population. In fact, don’t let these homeless numbers fool you. We should be commended for permanently housing so many people.

Homeless Counts: Just Like Counting Sheep?

Four years after my homeless count blog post, sadly, we are still counting individuals and families living out on the streets that have fallen through the cracks of society.

Ask The Mayor: Is Homelessness Getting Worse?

The issues that today’s mayors face do not reflect fictional television. Poverty and homelessness are real situations, which families and adults in every U.S. city experience on a daily basis.

Political Homeless Numbers: Can We Count On It?

In a city filled with hundreds of thousands of millionaires, does it really matter that instead of 54,000, we have 36,000 people squandering on our streets like animals?

Can We Trust the Numbers, More or Less?

For the most visible homeless individuals, at least, the numbers seem to be trending down. More or less.

DC Homelessness Figures Buck Nationwide Trends

This year’s State of Homelessness report from the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) presents, in some ways, a rosier picture than last year’s. Big headline is that homelessness decreased between 2009 and 2011 — not only the overall rate, but the rates for people in families, veterans and the chronically homeless, i.e., individuals with disabilities, including […]

Homeless Counts Should be Counting Backwards

In the darkness of early morning, the counting can be monotonous, an exercise that almost puts you to sleep. I have written before about the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) mandated homeless counts that occur throughout this country during the month of January. Municipalities have to count their homeless population at least every other year, or they will lose their HUD funding. Some cities count every year.

Counting how many people are languishing on our streets, however, is good. How can we address a sad human tragedy without knowing the extent of the problem? How can we know if we are successfully reducing the number of people on our streets without regularly assessing our work through counts?

No Consensus on Poverty Census

I sometimes wonder if announcements from the government on embarrassing data related to poverty are intentionally confusing in order to shield the reality of hurt in this country.

Recently, the United States Census Bureau declared a new model to assess poverty. Two months ago, the Bureau announced that the number of poor Americans was 46.2 million. Now, they say the number is 49 million.