San Bernardino, CA
The final version of San Bernardino County’s point-in-time count, completed last week, confirmed the preliminary numbers from January, and a slight but notable decrease in the area’s number of homeless people.
The report tallied 1,866 homeless people across the county. Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales, who also serves as Chair of the county’s Interagency Council on Homelessness, shared her concern regarding the number of unaccompanied homeless women in the county. January’s point-in-time count identified 284 unaccompanied homeless women.
“What is disheartening is the increasing population of unaccompanied homeless women. The sub-population far exceeds others including homeless youth and veterans,” she said. Results also indicate many of these unaccompanied homeless women fall into the category of chronically homeless, many of whom suffer from disabling conditions and were either homeless in the last year or experienced at least four episodes of homelessness within a three-year period.
This year’s point-in-time count also revealed an increase in the number of chronically homeless individuals in the county.
Last month, San Bernardino County announced plans to launch the first-ever homeless program aimed solely at the needs of unaccompanied homeless women and, in the process, became the first municipality in the nation to do so.
The full report is available on line at http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dbh/sbchp/wp-content/uploads/ sites/2/2017/04/2017-SBC-Final-Report.pdf.