Santa Monica Homeless Count

two volunteers on the street at night

 

2022 Santa Monica Homeless Count

January 26, 2022, 11pm-3am 

Location TBD

(The location is still being finalized; the City will notify volunteers of the deployment location and provide relevant details closer to the date of the event.)

This annual event is conducted as part of the Greater LA Homeless Count. That night, volunteer teams count people experiencing homelessness on every block of the City. In addition to being required by the U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), Count results measure how local & regional strategies are working and help inform how and where resources are deployed. To learn more about the importance of the homeless count, please click here

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Count will be conducted differently this year. The City will follow public health guidelines by encouraging face coverings, moving training online, conducting deployment activities outdoors, and limiting social interactions. Food and beverages will not be provided. Volunteers are encouraged to register in pre-formed teams of 3-4.

REGISTRATION
There are a few ways to register for the Homeless Count this year: 

WHAT’S NEW/WHAT TO EXPECT
Things will be different this year so please read this, even if you’ve done this before!

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS
Please consider the following requirements to volunteer for the Homeless Count: 

OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
There are many ways to get involved in efforts to address homelessness:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. How will the Count be different this year?
    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City will follow public health guidelines at the Count by encouraging face coverings, moving training online, conducting deployment activities outdoors, and limiting social interactions & no refreshments. Volunteers are encouraged to register in pre-formed teams of 3-4. Additionally, all teams will now also be entering Count data on a smartphone app. 
  2. Will I be talking to people experiencing homelessness?
    This is a visual count only. You will not be asked to engage with or interact with persons that appear to be homeless.
  3. What do I need to bring with me the night of the Count?
    The Count happens rain or shine so dress accordingly! Wear layers and comfortable shoes. Bring a water bottle, snacks, and a cell phone charger. All teams must enter Count data on a smartphone app so at least one member of your team will need a smartphone. We do not provide storage, so do not bring anything that you cannot carry for the duration of the Count. Since you will need to drive to your assigned count location – be smart about parking legally, lock your car, and do NOT leave personal items out in view. 
  4. Can I bring my pet?
    Furry volunteers must stay home - no pets allowed, sorry!  
  5. Where can I learn more about what the City of Santa Monica is doing to address homelessness?
    To find out more about previous Count results and how the City is addressing homelessness, visit: santamonica.gov/topic-explainers/homelessness 

CONTACT US
(310) 458-8701
HumanServices@santamonica.gov