Kicking off the Homeless Count with thousands of volunteers across the county to show that every person matters, whether you have an address or not. We’re working toward a future where no one’s income, addiction, or trauma forces them out of a home. #TheyCountWillYou pic.twitter.com/zxevxL4f89— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) January 23, 2019
This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.On a night when temperatures dipped into the 40s in Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti joined thousands of volunteers documenting the area’s homeless population. At a news conference Tuesday evening to open the yearly count, which helps the city and county gauge the area’s unsheltered population, Garcetti noted that people should be frustrated by homelessness because “if not, you don’t have a heart.” The mayor was joined by other government officials at a permanent supportive housing facility in North Hollywood run by L.A. Family Housing. More than 7,000 volunteers are expected to participate in the annual documentation, which continues through Thursday. Before he spoke, Councilwoman Nury Martinez gave the mayor a big hug and said, “Good job” — an apparent reference to the new union contract agreement with the Los Angeles Unified School District. Read the full story on LATimes.com.