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Weho Homeless Population Decreases

The Human Services Commission receives a report on West Hollywood's 2013 homeless count.

The homeless population is declining in West Hollywood, according to a city staff report that will be presented Tuesday to the Human Services Commission.

As part of the countywide homeless census, on Jan. 31 a team of 25 volunteers and seven Sheriff's deputies documented 46 homeless individuals living in Weho. One of the 46 was a minor under 18 years old, and the rest were adults.

Volunteers and deputies also noted one car, seven vans, one RV/camper and four bedrolls in doorways associated with their homeless count.

According to the report Weho's homeless census found 59 people in 2009 and 57 in 2011.

"Of particular note is the continued absence of families living on the streets," the report states. "The rental assistance program funded by the City and administered by the National Council of Jewish Women has kept 116 people from experiencing homelessness."

The report also credited West Hollywood's Homeless Registry, which began in 2009 and documents new homeless individuals in the community, and the Shelter Plus Care program, which since the last homeless count has found permanent housing for "19 chronically homeless, disabled people."

A PATH Outreach Team is expected to follow-up on the results of this year's Weho homeless survey next week.

The commission meets 6 p.m. Tuesday in West Hollywood City Hall's Community Conference Room.

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George February 13, 2013 at 05:08 PM
I don't believe these statistics. I see more and more people living on the street. Young ones to. Scary because we are all really a pay check away from being in a tough spot. If the people seem sincere that ask me for money or I see are in bad shape I often will buy them a sandwich or something to help them out. It hard though because many times drug addicts want money for that addiction. One has to be careful not to give money to people who buy drugs, cigarettes or booze with the money you give them. Best to give nutritious food(s).
Ali February 13, 2013 at 11:44 PM
I don't really believe them either. However, it is quite amazing how many fewer "scavengers" come through my apartment building's backyard (we have no security whatsoever), where the trash can and recycling cans are, since they took away the recycling center at Curson at SM Blvd. I never believed most were homeless and my neighbors did. I objected to their going through the recycling bins, as that is basically stealing. The generic trash bin, I had no trouble with them going through, except at the odd hours (before 6am and after midnight) because the bins are right under my bedroom windows.
Mark Heinemann February 14, 2013 at 12:48 AM
Most are jailed, some HIV positive die from germs exposed to in jail and many are driven out by police (for a time). If this is the "cure", doesn't this sound like Hitlers solution? Mark Heinemann
Mark Heinemann February 14, 2013 at 12:50 AM
If you were starving, what would you do?
George February 18, 2013 at 05:32 PM
It has become an acceptable way of living for young people to beg for money or food. Very young and healthy skate boarding guys come up to me and are not shy about asking for money. Not change either, they want bills. If you don't give them anything they curse you. I often turn the tables on them and tell them I was going to ask you the same thing. I am totally broke! I could use some money myself.

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