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Lake Ave. Church Asks: How Many Homeless People Are There In Pasadena On Any Given Day?

The City of Pasadena, like many other largely populated cities, has a substantial number of households that are at risk of homelessness.

Published on Thursday, December 15, 2011 | 8:39 am

The answer is 1,216 adults and children. Nearly 100 families, live on the streets or in homeless facilities every day in Pasadena. Between 2009 and 2011 homelessness increased by 17%.

The City of Pasadena, like many other largely populated cities, has a substantial number of households that are at risk of homelessness. According to the 2007 Flintridge community assessment, 19% of residents in Northwest Pasadena and Altadena live at or below poverty level, and 45% live at or below 200% of poverty level. LACF encounters many individuals with personal experiences such as domestic violence, physical disabilities, mental illness, and substance abuse – factors which have often caused these individuals, or their entire household, to become homeless. Union Station Foundation reports that approximately 3,600 people become homeless each year in the City of Pasadena.

The mission of the Homeless Outreach Program is to break the cycle of poverty and hopelessness while encouraging and equipping men and women in developing intimate relationships with God, the church and their families. This holiday season, we invite you to help us share God’s love and compassion with our struggling neighbors as we nourish, comfort and renew courage to those facing the despair of homelessness!

What your dollar buys for Lake Avenue Community Foundation’s Homeless Services:

A gift of…

$5,000 will help LACF continue to give the gift of courage to homeless women, men and children through the Foundation’s homeless programs.

$2,000 will support professional staffing and attendants providing services, including our parish nurse, emergency food, resource and referral services, computer use and training and transportation.

$800 will provide one week of over 400 meals for our low-income and homeless neighbors.

$100 will provide one night for 25 homeless families with children at the Bad Weather Shelter, January through March.

$85 will provide one night of shelter at a local hotel during rainy nights when the Bad Weather Shelter is not open.

$15 will provide a hot, nutritious dinner at our Sunday evening community meal.

Lake Avenue Church, 393 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena. For more information, please call 626-844-4700 or visit

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