East L.A. homeless count
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Combing the streets with L.A.'s homeless counters

East L.A. homeless count

Benjamin Romero, 18, left, and his brother Omar, 32, survey neighborhoods near the 60 Freeway in East Los Angeles for homeless people as part of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s 2016 homeless census.

 (Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
East L.A. homeless count

Volunteers Omar Romero, left, and his brother Benjamin, make a three-hour trek to count the homeless in East Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

 (Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
East L.A. homeless count

Volunteers drove and walked neighborhoods in Boyle Heights, Monterey Park and East Los Angeles on Tuesday night as part of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s 2016 homeless census.

 (Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
East L.A. homeless count

Benjamin Romero, 18, left and his brother Omar, 32, were among 41 volunteers who showed up at the Centro Maravilla Service Center in East Los Angeles on Tuesday night to count the area’s homeless.

 (Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
East L.A. homeless count

Omar Romero, left, was drawn to the 2016 homeless census by a blast email to his work. He recruited his younger brother, Benjamin, a student at East Los Angeles College, to join him.

 (Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
East L.A. homeless count

Volunteer homeless counters gather Tuesday evening for a briefing in East Los Angeles. The volunteers broke up into teams in order to cover the most ground possible.

 (Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
East L.A. homeless count

About 40 volunteers in East Los Angeles on Tuesday night take part in a homeless census, an effort to get a count of the number of homeless in Los Angeles County.

 (Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
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