LA County homeless count delayed again due to omicron push

The largest homeless count in Los Angeles for 2022 has been postponed until late February due to the spike in COVID-19 cases caused by the omicron variant, authorities said Friday.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority cited the need to protect the health of volunteers, staff and homeless people.

The count will take place from February 22 to 24 instead of January 25 to 27.

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development demands that the numbers determine federal funding to address homelessness.

The count was last done in 2020 and found 66,436 people living on the streets in tents, makeshift homes and vehicles in Los Angeles County.

Orange County also postponed its count. The sheltered homeless will be counted on February 21 and the homeless count will run from February 22-24.

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