Homeless Point In Time(PIT) Count
Jan. 14, 2022
2022 Homeless Point-in-Time Count moves to Feb. 23
Efforts to seek community volunteers continue
The County of Riverside is moving the 2022 Point-in-Time (PIT) Count by 30 days due to the recent spike in coronavirus cases. The count is now scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 23, while the Youth Count is scheduled to run from Wednesday, Feb 23 through Friday, Feb 25. County staff from the Department of Housing and Workforce Solutions will continue their community planning efforts with local cities in preparation for the new date.
“Due to the ongoing pandemic, we made the decision to postpone the count,” said Heidi Marshall, director of the department of housing and workforce solutions. “Our goal is to conduct a comprehensive and accurate count while ensuring appropriate safeguards for all involved. It is critical that we have current data on the local homeless population to assess the impact the pandemic may have caused.”
The PIT Count is an annual count of all sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals within Riverside County. The PIT is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a condition of funding. The data is used by HUD to determine funding levels, assess regional needs and to monitor local progress in reducing homelessness. The effort is led by the Riverside County Continuum of Care, a community body comprised of over 200 individuals and organizations actively involved in planning and coordinating efforts to end homelessness in Riverside County.
The new date will allow additional time to recruit volunteers and county staff to participate in the count. Currently there are approximately 380 volunteers registered to participate and efforts are ongoing to recruit an additional 400. Training is required prior to the count. Volunteers must also have a smart phone or tablet to conduct the survey, be able to walk up to two hours and must be 18 or older. Volunteers ages 16-17 must be accompanied by an adult. Interested participants can register at MoreThanACount.org or YouthCount.MoreThanACount.org.
The last time the county conducted a PIT Count was in 2020, with help from more than 800 volunteers and staff. During the 2020 count, 2,884 homeless individuals were identified in Riverside County; 2,155 of these individuals were unsheltered and 729 were sheltered.
A complete report on the Riverside County 2020 PIT Count can be accessed online at https://www.harivco.org/ContinuumofCareDivision/. If you or anyone you know needs homeless assistance, please contact the HomeConnect line at 800-498-8847 or by emailing email@example.com.
Each year, the Riverside County Continuum of Care (CoC) partners with cities to facilitate the federally mandated count of people experiencing homelessness throughout Riverside County. Information gathered from the count is valuable because it provides a snapshot of how many people experience sheltered and unsheltered homelessness on a single night. The data is used to demonstrate need for federal and state funding, services, and resource planning, and to inform the community about homelessness.
2022 Homeless Point-in-Time Count Community Planning Sessions - Click here to view
The virtual community planning meetings convene key leaders and stakeholders, service providers, law enforcement, and non-profit agencies to begin planning the count in 2022. Discussions include outreach and engagement strategies, location mapping, mobile survey development and identification of deployment sites.
2022 HIC/PIT Training Webinar - Click here to view