Local organizations are teaming up to get the word out about volunteering for an important event.
The South Bay Coalition to End Homelessness is looking for 500 volunteers to help count the homeless population in the South Bay in one night. The annual count is used to get official statistics of what homelessness looks like in our communities. The information then helps bring needed services and housing to the area.
There are 13 locations for the count in the greater South Bay area. The one in Torrance is based at the First Christian Church. Volunteers can come to this location for a training overview and then join a team to look for people who may be experiencing homelessness.
To sign up, you can go to TheyCountWillYou.Org, where you can pick the location and the day you would like to help. You must be 18 years or older to participate, and it will take a maximum of three hours.
In 2016, there were 3,663 people identified as experiencing homelessness in the South Bay. This was a 22 percent increase from the last count in 2015. In Torrance, 107 people were facing homelessness.
The South Bay Coalition partners with the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. Officials say the count wouldn’t be possible without the help of the Torrance Police Department, as well as the countless volunteers. About 40 to 50 volunteers are needed for the Torrance area.
The event takes place on Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 8 to 11 p.m.