The San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership is seeking volunteers for the 2018 Point in Time Count, where members of the community fan out across the county to survey the region’s homeless population.
The annual survey is scheduled to being at 6:00 a.m. and should conclude at approximately 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 25. The agency is seeking volunteers from every community to perform a variety of survey-related assignments. Volunteers can help organize counts, identify areas where homeless congregate, and participate in day-of tallying.
The goal is to account for those in shelters and transitional housing, and those who are unsheltered. Last year, volunteers counted 1,866 homeless individuals across San Bernardino County.
Last year’s summary of the Point in Time Count (PITC) findings noted, of the 1,866 homeless persons counted in 2017, 63.2 percent—1,179 persons—were unsheltered. Unsheltered is defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as “An individual or family who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, meaning an individual or family with a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.”
HUD also requires that as part of the PITC process, the total number of unsheltered and sheltered adults be broken down by various subpopulations. Of the 1,179 unsheltered persons counted last year, 1,139 were adults, 14 were unaccompanied youth under 18 years of age, and 26 were children under age 18 in families.
To learn more about the Point in Time Count, register to volunteer, or to review a schedule of available training days, visit sbcounty.gov/sbchp or call (909) 388-4925.