L.A. County homeless count delayed again due to omicron surge

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This May 21, 2020, file photo, shows a homeless encampment on Beaudry Avenue as traffic moves along Interstate 110 below during the coronavirus outbreak, in downtown Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

This May 21, 2020, file photo, shows a homeless encampment on Beaudry Avenue as traffic moves along Interstate 110 below during the coronavirus outbreak, in downtown Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

The greater Los Angeles point-in-time homeless count for 2022 has been postponed to late February due to the surge in cases of COVID-19 caused by the omicron variant, authorities said Friday.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority cited the need to protect the health of volunteers, staff and homeless people.

The count will be conducted Feb. 22-24 instead of Jan. 25-27.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires the counts to determine federal funding to address homelessness.

The count was last conducted in 2020 and tallied 66,436 living on streets in tents, makeshift dwellings, and vehicles across Los Angeles County.

Orange County also rescheduled its count. Sheltered homeless will be counted on Feb. 21 and the unsheltered count will run Feb. 22-24.

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