They Count, Will You?

Help us ensure vital community resources get to the right people throughout the county

Every January, all across the Los Angeles region, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) and partners like United Way of Greater Los Angeles and the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC) embark on a three-day mission to count our homeless neighbors.

Volunteer to Count

Join United Way on Thurs., Jan. 26

Register for the “Metro (Central)” location to meet at United Way of Greater Los Angeles headquarters in downtown Los Angeles at 7 p.m. before embarking on the count with us.

Mandated by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and coordinated locally by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count is the largest homeless census count in the nation. Over the course of three days and nights, thousands of volunteers fan out across Los Angeles County to determine how many homeless individuals and families there are in the region, identify their demographic characteristics and the locations where they reside.

Those joining United Way for the January 26 count will:

  • Enjoy a light dinner and networking with fellow volunteers
  • Learn more about homelessness and United Way’s efforts from Chris Ko, Director of Homeless Initiatives
  • Gather with other United Way supporters for training on how to do the count
  • Go out to the local streets for the 1- to 2-hour count via foot or car (car volunteers needed!)



Signing Up For Our Location

Day & Location

To join us at United Way of Greater Los Angeles headquarters for the Thursday count, select “Metro (Central) Los Angeles.”

Can’t join us? We encourage you to volunteer on any of the three count days — Tuesday, January 24 through Thursday, January 26.

Contact Info

Enter your contact details to be sent exact time and location information for the count.

You’ll be sent event details before the count, and your accurate contact info will ensure any day-of communications get to you.


Whether you sign up for the Metro (Central) Los Angeles count, or another location, we would love for you to select “United Way” from the “agencies/organizations” affiliations dropdown to help us know how many United Way supporters helped in this year’s homeless count!

Everyone Counts. No Matter Where They Live.



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