(Editor’s note: This CTN editor once again volunteered for the Point in Time Homeless Count on January 25 at 5 a.m. This year, in the Palisades, the count was called “Dave’s Count” in honor of David Morena, who was a founding member of the Board of the Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness. Morena and Kim Clary have organized the count since its inception. Morena passed away on January 7. The following January 30 note was sent to volunteers and CTN received permission to print it.)
Dear Homeless Count Volunteer,
On behalf of the Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness (PPTFH), we want to thank you for participating in the 2023 Point in Time Homeless Count. Your service to the community and to this effort is very much appreciated. Without your dedication and willingness to volunteer, the count would not have been possible. We hope you will join us every year!
While we do not have final numbers from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) and won’t have them until probably sometime in June, we can tell you that the number of homeless individuals, tents and encampments in the Palisades is less this year than it was last year. The number of individuals living in their vehicles also decreased slightly.
That the number of overall homeless is less this year we believe comes from the work that the PPTFH is doing with our partners at The People Concern, our local law enforcement departments and other community organizations.
Thank you again for your volunteerism.
LAHSA Deployment Site Coordinator, Pacific Palisades
PPTFH Board Member
Thanks to all the volunteers and staff who have made a huge difference in the lives of the unhomed as well as the residents in Pacific Palisades. The count is difficult at any time but the numbers are lower now than when the counts began. Many of the unhomed have received the help they needed and are going on to improve their situations.
Thanks for the work you have done and for coming back for more.
Thank you Sue!