February 2024 News Brief

2024 Point in Time Volunteers

At 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 24, approximately 40 volunteers gathered at Corpus Christi Church and joined their pre-designated teams for the 2024 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. This group included CD11 Field Deputy Michael Amster, past member of Santa Monica City Council Greg Morena, Palisades Sr. Lead Officer Brian Espin with four LAPD officers from the Beach Patrol, four members of PPTFH’s Outreach Team from The People Concern, PPTFH members and citizen volunteers. A LAHSA tech member was on hand to ensure that the new app for counting and organizing data worked properly on our phones.  The app worked, it was a successful count, and PPTFH is extremely grateful for the tremendous effort made by all the participants.

This year LAHSA directed Pacific Palisades to NOT count persons experiencing homelessness (PEH) on the beach or in vehicles on Pacific Coast Highway. It seems that other beach communities were given the same instructions.  PPTFH and PPCC reached out to LAHSA to ask why these areas were not to be counted. As yet, there is no answer.

Nonetheless, PPTFH DID send a team to count Will Rogers Beach as well as RVs and other vehicles along PCH. This enabled us to compare this year’s data with previous years’ data.

PPTFH reports raw data.  LAHSA uses a formula to account for the possibility of more than one PEH inhabiting a tent, RV or other vehicle.  This formula has ranged from 1.2 to 1.58.

Since 2023 LAHSA publishes only area-wide totals and no longer circulates individual totals for the Palisades and similar communities.  This is based on the presumption that people experiencing homelessness move around.  Our count provides the current data specific to our community.  Click “here” to see the results.