Alissa Walker+ Your Authors @awalkerinLA I'm a writer, a gelato-eater, and a walker in LA. Urbanism editor at @Curbed. Easter-themed Peeps only, please. More 👧🏼👶🏼 and 🚲🚶🏼‍♀️🚍 on Instagram. Jun. 04, 2019 2 min read + Your Authors

Today, June 4, LA will announce the numbers from its 2019 homelessness count. We know to expect a "double-digit increase” from the year before. After you get angry, here's how to get to work fixing a problem the city—and state—is clearly not fixing for us. 

Sign up for @yesinmyla's training sessions that help you talk to your neighbors about housing and homelessness and show you how to organize to support projects in your community. 

On Friday, June 7 at noon, @EveryoneIn_LA is holding a community conversation. Call in to get your questions answered and find out how to join collective actions being taken across the city. 

Learn more about how you can help the city's unhoused communities gain access to basic public health needs like bathrooms, showers, and trash cans. #servicesnotsweeps 

Groups like @selahnhc formed their own neighborhood homelessness coalitions to take matters into their own hands. Come to their fundraiser on June 20 to meet and be inspired by their volunteers. 

Parking lots managed by groups like @safeparkingla are an efficient, effective way to help people who are living in vehicles get back on their feet. If you have access to a parking lot at your work or church, you can have it converted to safe parking. 

The best way to prevent homelessness is by helping renters stay in their homes. Know your rights, organize locally with groups like @hrc_la working to stop evictions, and join the many efforts to demand stronger tenant protections. 

Los Angeles has the money and the political will to address homelessness. It is the city’s leaders who don’t seem to have any sense of urgency—even as the crisis is literally on their own doorstep.

It is up to us to remind them. Every single day. 

Mayor confirms 12 percent increase in homelessness for the county. We’ll have to wait until later today for city figures.

Watch live here at 11am to see @LAHomeless director Peter Lynn present the results of the 2019 homeless count to LA County's Board of Supervisors. 

In the city of LA, the spike in homelessness is even more dramatic, up 16 percent. Keep in mind this is only on a single night—"more than 100,000 people were likely unhoused at some point in the year prior." 

One last thing you can do after today's #homelesscount numbers: VOTE. Youth homelessness is up 24 percent. First-time homelessness is up 17 percent.
These are LAUSD families that will get more support if you vote YES on #MeasureEE

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