Community Help

by Amelia Anderson

Get ready for the Greater L.A. Homeless Count next Tuesday, January 24, from 8 until 11 p.m. at North Valley City Hall auditorium, 7747 Foothill Blvd. in Tujunga.

We need your help as volunteer drivers and counters to team-train before navigating the streets of Sunland-Tujunga for homeless encampments and cars. There’ll be sweets and treats and lots of police. Everyone counts no matter where they live. To get involved, please visit www.TheyCountWillYou. org to register.

An annual count is mandated by HUD of Washington D.C. to take place simultaneously in cities and states across the nation. By becoming an opt-in to partner our data signifies need to LAHSA for funding.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority is a jointpowers authority created in 1993 to address the problems of homelessness in the city. It includes 85 communities and the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. They manage a $132 million dollar budget annually from federal, state, county and city funds for programs providing shelter, housing and services to homeless persons. For more information, please visit the Web site, www.lahsa.org.

We’re expecting a big turnout because Herb Wesson, Jr., president of the L.A. city council, visited the S-T Neighborhood Council to address the fact that the homeless issue is a top priority for Mayor Garcetti.

Which brings us to a candidate mix and mingle night, Wednesday, January 25, from 7 until 10 p.m. at the Angeles National Gold Course at 9401 Foothill Boulevard in Sunland. This is sponsored by the Foothill Trails District Neighborhood Council to meet L.A. City Council District 7 candidates and neighbors for an evening of food, fun and community. Please RSVP by January 20 to FTDNC.outreach@gmail. com or (323) 445-8774.

I’ll be there with camera in hand and a list of which of the candidates for CD-7 showed up the prior night for the homeless count. Mayor Garcetti is interested in who counts to back him up, i.e., walk the talk that they count and he counts too.

Will you?

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