Volunteers and staff help count the region's homeless population
Posted on 1/26/2017 10:54:59 AM
January 26, 2017
Contact: Mary Parks
Senior Pubic Information Specialist
County conducts Point-in Time Homeless Count and survey
Riverside- Hitting the streets in groups of three or four, Robert Gonzalez and his team were among 550 volunteers physically counting people living in unsheltered areas of Riverside County on Tuesday.
“I can’t imagine being homeless and cold like the people we have seen here. We need to help the people in our community,” said Gonzalez. The Highgrove, CA resident spent the morning reaching out to those less fortunate, hoping to make a difference. “Do you need water or a blanket?,” said Gonzalez to a group of homeless individuals sleeping in a tent nearby.
The Riverside County Continuum of Care (CoC) partnered with the Department of Public Social Services to conduct a 2017 Point-In-Time (PIT) Homeless Count and Survey. The CoC is a network of private- and public-sector homeless service providers.
The one-day count and survey is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to determine the region’s need for homeless services and guide in decision making about how to use available resources. Important data was collected on the general homeless population and subpopulations of homeless Veterans, families, youth and chronically homeless individuals. “It’s vitally important that we conduct our count so we have an accurate assessment of the needs of our homeless population,” said Lisa Shiner, Assistant Director Adult Services DPSS.
This year more than 550 volunteers were deployed across the region to successfully count and survey the unsheltered population. Volunteer recruitment was encouraged among neighborhood and non-profit organizations, college students, faith-based institutions, community service clubs, and social service providers. The survey results are expected to be available in early May.
Additional information can be obtained by calling the PIT hotline number, (951) 358-3844 or by email at RivCoPIT@RiversideDPSS.org