April 25, 2008 Contact: Kai Stansberry/323·644·2212;
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Cell: 213·761·0159 firstname.lastname@example.org
Snapshot Reveals 384 Homeless Living on the Streets of Hollywood
Over One Third Identified as Youth
(Los Angeles/Hollywood)—A recent street count revealed 384 homeless individuals in Hollywood living
on the streets. The one night count was conducted by Project Y!MBY (Yes! In My Back Yard)
Hollywood, in partnership with PATH Partners, The Hollywood Entertainment District, The County of
Los Angeles, Los Angeles Council Districts 13 and 4, LAPD, The Hollywood Homeless Youth
Partnership (HYP), the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), as well as many other
Hollywood volunteers and stakeholders.
The faces of homelessness in Hollywood are considerably different from the perceptions of the
general public. Over one third of the population identified were homeless youth (persons less than
25 years of age).
"For the first time, we have worked to count and capture a snapshot of the men, women, youth, and
children who are living on the streets of Hollywood,” says Council President Eric Garcetti. “This
information will help us to more strategically and effectively provide the housing and services the
homeless need to get off the streets so that we can end homelessness in Hollywood."
The one-day event relied on observation surveys (street counts) of homeless individuals. This method
involved sending service providers, law enforcement, government representatives, business leaders, Faith
communities and volunteers out to canvas a five mile radius of the Hollywood region to count the number
of unsheltered homeless.
“Addressing homelessness is a major challenge for many communities,” says Joel John Roberts, Chief
Executive Officer of PATH Partners. “Without understanding how many people are experiencing
homelessness, we can only guess at what it will take to solve the problem. The significance of this
snapshot is that it provides a starting point for which Hollywood can more efficiently address
homelessness in the region."
Project Y!MBY Hollywood, a PATH Partners and Hollywood Homeless Youth (HYP) community
mobilization initiative, is a local solution to ending homelessness by connecting people to existing care
and resources. By mobilizing local community stakeholders, Project Y!MBY facilitates a collaborative
approach to improve coordination of homeless services. For more information about Project Y!MBY,