Once a year, the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count takes place on the same evening every year by countless volunteers. This count, administered by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, LAHSA, provides an assessment of how the homeless community changes from year to year.
Overall, it demonstrates that from 2018 – 2019, the San Gabriel Valley has seen a 24% increase in the homeless population. There is much speculation as to the cause of the situation, but what is important to Shepherd’s Pantry is how the cities are responding to the increased needs and how we can best serve those struggling to survive while living on the streets. The common answer that is heard from city to city is “It takes a village.” That means that together, public and private, churches and businesses along with caring individuals are called to help support their community in need. Shepherd’s Pantry continues to be committed to serving and helping those who are at risk of homelessness, providing resources and hope.
At the Irwindale Distribution Center, Shepherd’s Pantry demonstrates a unique supportive program where the homeless community can obtain food to last a few days, up to 12 times per month. Clothing and toiletries are provided for them as needed. This helps them in their current situation, without the resources to cook or store food. We continue to look for ways to partner with our homeless neighbors to help them in their current situation by providing resources in the community.
For a summary of the San Gabriel Valley statistics, click here.
For a detailed report from LAHSA of the Los Angeles County, click here.