The 2013 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, which is in partnership with the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority, will start at 8 tonight at the Joslyn Senior Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave.
"It's going to be hard to find people," Occupy Claremont member Andrew Mohr said.
Mohr, who is the director of the Claremont Area Living Assistance Program in Claremont, said some of the city's homeless won't be counted because they will be asleep or off finding warmer shelter.
Despite the issues, Mohr said Los Angeles County rules dictate the count has to occur at this time.
"I think it will be beneficial to the homeless community and to Claremont either way," Mohr said.
For tonight's count, there will be teams - consisting of two to four volunteers - deployed in the city to count blocks, according to city officials.
A private vehicle will count along all Claremont routes so no walking is required and each team will spend between two to three hours in the field.
City officials said data from the count will be used to determine how services and resources are provided throughout the Los Angeles area.
City Manager Tony Ramos said city staffers were working with Mohr on where to locate the homeless at night.
"He's encouraged a number of people he knows to go to the count and is leading one of the teams," Ramos said.
Ramos said he was pleased Occupy Claremont was participating.
"They've been a great benefit. They can get to the areas we would not have or did not (think) about" and help with the overall count," Ramos said.
Occupy Claremont's Charles Bayer, coordinator of a program at the Services Center for Independent Living that helps the homeless get services, was initially critical of the homeless count but had softened his stance.
"I think it's a positive thing to do," Bayer said. "But unless the homeless are a part of the search, they are going to have a difficulty in locating where the homeless are. At night, mostly from a car, or from a vehicle, I think to find everybody they want to find is difficult. But I'm very committed to it going on. It's important to take that step."
Mohr said there are about 100 people in Occupy Claremont who meet once a month for general assembly meetings.
"But I think there's probably more than that available to us if we needed to call everybody up for some reason," Mohr said of the number.
Occupy Claremont, despite a Feb. 25, 2012, party to move their tents away from the front of City Hall, were still around, he said.
"I just think we're moving into a different phase," Mohr said. "I don't think we've collapsed or anything."
Claremont Occupiers, like those from other Occupy groups throughout the country, have expressed their displeasure with a system they claim favors society's wealthiest 1 percent.