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On the third and final day of the 2016 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, volunteer Derrick Chambers checks out an encampment in an open area in Lancaster.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Volunteers look for homeless at the beach in Pacific Palisades along Pacific Coast Highway.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Benjamin Romero, 18, left, and his brother Omar, 32, survey neighborhoods near the 60 Freeway in East Los Angeles for homeless people as part of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority's 2016 homeless census.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

A homeless person sleeps in an alley In North Hollywood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Jasmine Yancey, volunteer, takes part in the homeless census in North Hollywood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Volunteers survey neighborhoods near the 60 Freeway in East Los Angeles for homeless people as part of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority's 2016 homeless census.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Shelly Crawford, left, and Andy Crawford conduct the homeless census in Lancaster.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Volunteers Omar Romero, left, and his brother Benjamin, make a three-hour trek to count the homeless in East Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Andy Crawford, left, and Shelly Crawford on the homeless census in Lancaster.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

From left, Andrew Aldama, John Piscitello, Frances Sharpe and Glanda Sherman search the beach in the early morning for homeless people in Pacific Palisades.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

At sunrise, volunteers Frances Sharpe, left, and Andrew Aldama, search for homeless along Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

From left, Frances Sharpe, Glanda Sherman, John Piscitello and Andrew Aldama, search for homeless people near Los Liones trailhead in Pacific Palisades.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

A person gathers items along the beach in Pacific Palisades. Volunteers throughout LA County participated in the homeless census.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Volunteers return to Palisades High School after searching for homeless in Pacific Palisades.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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As city and county officials gear up for what is promised as a $100-million program to reduce homelessness, thousands of volunteers hit the streets to document the scale of the problem.

Nearly 7,500 volunteers signed up to take part in the 2016 homeless count, said Naomi Goldman, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, which organized the event.

The volunteers gathered at 150 deployment centers across the county over three nights beginning  in the San Gabriel Valley and East Los Angeles. The count moved to the San Fernando Valley, West Los Angeles and the South Bay on Wednesday night. Malibu, Pacific Palisades and the Antelope Valley Thursday morning. The count concluded Thursday night in the central city and South Los Angeles.

This year marks the first homeless count to be conducted in consecutive years. Since 2005, the joint city-county agency had organized the massive effort during only odd-numbered years.

Amid growing public concern over the spread of homeless encampments to neighborhoods far from skid row, last year’s count set off alarms by recording a dramatic increase in homelessness. The count set the number at 44,000 homeless people, a 12% increase over the previous count.

More than 33,000 of those were classified as unsheltered, living on the streets in encampments, doorways and vehicles.

— Los Angeles Times

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