SB County to Conduct Point-In-Time Homeless Count
The housing crisis in California is real, and is in no doubt contributing the explosion of homelessness and vagrancy plaguing the region. Seemingly every city in the Inland Empire and all of California for that matter has seen an increase in the number of people living on the streets.
In order to get a better sense of what is going on in terms of the crisis teams of volunteers will canvass all of the county’s cities, towns and unincorporated communities next week in an effort to count, survey and assist the county’s homeless population.
According to a press release from the County:
“Volunteers will include members of the public, community groups, County employees, homeless service providers, and private-sector stakeholders. Volunteers who are able to engage with homeless individuals will ask specific survey questions, offer hygiene kits, and provide information on who to contact for homeless services.”
According to county sources, “data collected during the Point-In Time Count (PITC) is critical to effective strategic planning and is the main source of data used by the federal government to track the number, demographics and needs of people experiencing homelessness throughout the county.”
It is important to the residents of the region that the fullest count is made because this is how federal funding allocations are made to address the problem.
For the second year, volunteers will conduct the entire unsheltered Point-In-Time Count by use of a web-based application designed specifically for the San Bernardino County PITC. Volunteers will need to have an Internetwork Operating System (IOS-Apple) or Android “smart” phone in order to conduct the survey.
The annual PITC, coordinated by the San Bernardino Office of Homeless Services (OHS) in conjunction with the San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership (SBCHP), is designed to obtain an estimated number of homeless individuals and families in San Bernardino County on a given day and to discover their specific needs.
Individuals and organizations are invited to volunteer to participate in the PITC, which will be conducted on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 6 to 10 a.m. throughout San Bernardino County.
For more information or to register as a volunteer, please visit www.sbcounty.gov/dbh/sbchp. If you have questions regarding the count call OHS at (909) 386-8297 or email Claudia Doyle at firstname.lastname@example.org.