Countywide Homeless Count Coming January 2016

Staff Reports

 

RIVERSIDE COUNTY – The Riverside County 2016 Point-in-Time Homeless Count and Subpopulation Survey will be conducted countywide on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Community planning and organizing activities began in September 2015.

The Point-in-Time Homeless Count and Subpopulation Survey will be conducted on the streets, and at residential and non-residential service locations in every city and unincorporated area in Riverside County.

On the day-of-the-count, teams of local volunteers, service providers and others will visit pre-identified locations and use a count/subpopulation survey instrument to record required information collected from each homeless individual encountered. Volunteers including representatives of local government, social service providers, law enforcement, municipal agencies, educational institutions, faith-based organizations, local business, civic groups, neighborhood associations, nonprofit agencies, and current and formerly homeless individuals will be assisting the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services to help identify anyone who is homeless.

In addition to gathering information necessary for the survey, deputies, city, and county staff will work on providing resource and aid information to the homeless. There are additional benefits and programs available to our homeless veterans, whom we will also work on locating and identifying. Though this program is conducted annually, the Norco Sheriff’s Office continues to work with the local homeless population year round, in an attempt to provide them with resources and aid.

The Point-In-Time (PIT) Homeless Count is a count and survey of Riverside County’s sheltered and unsheltered homeless population. Riverside County’s Department of Public Social Services (DPSS), in partnership with Riverside County’s Continuum of Care, is required to conduct this biannual count in late January. The Continuum of Care (CoC) is a network of private- and public sector homeless service providers, designed to promote community-wide planning and the strategic use of resources to address homelessness.

What is the Riverside County Point-in-Time Homeless Count? The Point-in-Time Homeless Count and Subpopulation Survey is a one-day street-based and service-based count and subpopulation survey of sheltered and unsheltered individuals to identify how many people in Riverside County are homeless and their subpopulation characteristics on a given day.

How can I learn more about the Point-in-Time Homeless Count? For more information about the Point-in-Time Homeless Count and Subpopulation Survey please send an email to RivCoPIT@RiversideDPSS.org or call (951) 358-3384.

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