One person living on the streets of Silver Lake is 81 years old, another has been homeless for 49 years. These were some of the facts that emerged from a three-day-long survey of Silver Lake homeless that concluded on Monday. The volunteers who conducted the survey, which was organized by People Assisting the Homeless or PATH, found 175 homeless individuals, 112 of whom were interviewed. A little more than half of those surveyed reported suffering from serious medical conditions, and 15% identified themselves as military veterans, according to preliminary results. The goal of the survey, the first of its kind conducted in Silver Lake, is to identify the most vulnerable individuals, with PATH committing to finding homes for 26 persons.
“Now we are eager to start getting people off our community’s streets and into permanent homes,” said PATH CEO Joel John Roberts in a statement.
The full results of the survey, called Silver Lake Connections, will be released during a public meeting scheduled for Nov. 2 at 9 a.m. at PATH’s Los Angeles Center, 340 North Madison Avenue