Volunteers Needed for 2020 Homeless Count

Volunteers Needed for 2020 Homeless Count

Riverside

Both Riverside and San Bernardino Counties are seeking volunteers to participate in the 2020 Point in Time Count, an annual survey of homeless adults and youth in cities and unincorporated communities across the region.  Riverside will conduct its count from January 29 through January 31, 2020. During this period more than 700 volunteers are needed to fan out across the county’s 7,300 square-mile landscape to facilitate the count. Organizers say widespread participation from those who know their communities and who can communicate with the homeless is essential to obtaining an accurate count. “Homelessness is not an issue any one group or community can solve on their own,” says Natalie Profant Komuro, Deputy County Executive Officer. “We have to work together to get the most accurate count possible, which helps determine where we put those much-needed dollars and services to help our homeless neighbors get back on their feet.” San Bernardino County has scheduled its Point in Time Count for Thursday, January 23, 2020. The new methodology for the Point In Time Count of homeless individuals and families in San Bernardino County requires the involvement of key community persons and volunteers from each city and all unincorporated areas to help organize and implement the homeless count in their communities.   In both counties the participation of key persons and volunteers include representatives of local government, social service providers, law enforcement, municipal agencies, educational institutions, faith-based organizations, local businesses, civic groups, neighborhood associations, nonprofit agencies as well as current and formerly homeless individuals. To participate in Riverside County’s homeless count you can register online at  www.rivcoexchange.com. Those who would like to volunteer for San Bernardino County’s homeless count can register at http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dbh/sbchp/community-projects/point-in-time-count/pitc-registration/.

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