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Jimmy Faulkner, resting on his sidewalk bed downtown, is one of the thousands counted by volunteers.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Paramedics rush into the Union Rescue Mission, as red lights from their vehicle shine on a homeless person sleeping in a wheelchair. This person was counted by volunteers as part of the special census.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Volunteers Theresa Hwang, Dana Szyka and Paul Zawachi, from left, go over notes on skid row.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

A person sleeps next to a walker downtown as volunteers set out for the third night in a row to count the homeless.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

A man rummages through garbage bins downtown.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Three volunteers walk the streets to count the homeless.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

With a pen and a clipboard, volunteer Paul Zawachi counts homeless people downtown.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Volunteers Paul Zawachi, Dana Szyka and Theresa Hwang continue through downtown during the count.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

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Every two years, a census of  Los Angeles County’s homeless population is conducted, a requirement for receiving federal funding.   “If we’re really serious about ending homelessness, we have to know what the problem is and how big it is,” said Calvin J. Fortenberry of the Los Angeles Homeless  Services Authority, which organized the count. The 2009 census  found that more than 48,000 people were homeless on any given night.

2 Comments

  1. January 28, 2011, 6:53 pm

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  2. January 29, 2011, 8:17 pm

    48,000 I feel is innacurate.I am quite sure there are several times that many boarded homes once occupied, and with thousands of families displaced that heretofore had jobs not all movung into rentals according to the vacancy rates, I wouldnt dismiss these tens of thousands additional to what was already a homeless populace of likely that 48,000 figure quoted. Just because they went to siblings or family, friends etc doesnt mean they have a home! In my 50 yrs (almost) this situation has only grown! beginning with Reagens opening the states mental hospitals, flooding the streets with incoherent babbling loons.
    The people we have now are the new grapes of wrath.

    By: kdgrayson@live.com

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