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Volunteers Join City of El Monte and Volunteers of America at 2013 Homeless Count

by Valerie Martinez

by Valerie Martinez

IMG_8509The City of El Monte partnered with Volunteers of America to host the 2013 El Monte Homeless Count on Tuesday, January 29. The Homeless Count is a county-wide event where teams of volunteers go out into the streets of their community to conduct a count of both sheltered and unsheltered homeless people.  More than XX volunteers from El Monte lent a helping hand.

“It is important that we have an understanding of the number of homeless residing in our City and County so we can fight for the resources needed to find homes for these residents,” said El Monte Councilman Juventino “J” Gomez.  “It is heartbreaking to see these people on the street, many who are veterans and fought for our freedom.”

Since Los Angeles County’s homeless population is the highest in the nation, the 2013 Homeless Count is vital to acquire a reliable approximation of the homeless population in El Monte and the County of Los Angeles.  This allows the County to raise public awareness of the problem of homelessness and accurately identify the needs of homeless populations, including housing.  An accurate count also enables the County to demonstrate the region’s need for federal funding to prevent homelessness and provide services.

The City also organized a coat and blanket drive to benefit Emergency Resources Association’s efforts to provide necessary supplies to local homeless.

“The El Monte community is fortunate to have partners like Volunteers of America and Emergency Resources Association as resources for our homeless population,” said El Monte Councilwoman Victoria Martinez. “I’m proud of our community’s effort last night to boost their level of support by donating coats or blankets during our coldest time of the year. I’d love to see the coat collection become an annual tradition for the City.”

For more information about the 2013 Homeless Count, please contact the City of El Monte Housing Division at (626) 580-2070.

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