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San Bernardino County claims improvement in homeless numbers

San Bernardino County experienced a decrease of one unsheltered person in this year’s Point-In-Time count.

The county also saw a 6.6 percent increase in the number of homeless people –  sheltered and unsheltered – a vast improvement compared with the 20 percent increase of two years ago, according to a statement on the county’s website.

“The fact that we haven’t seen an increase in our unsheltered homeless population in the midst of a historic economic downturn shows that the county and our partners have done a remarkable job of getting people into housing who would otherwise be living on the streets,” said Curt Hagman, chairman of the board of supervisors, in the statement.

San Bernardino County had 3,333 homeless persons this year compared with 3,125 two years ago, but the unsheltered population dropped by one. In the previous three counts – 2020, 2019 and 2018 – the county’s unsheltered increased by double digits.

This year’s count also found 209 more sheltered persons than were found two years ago.

Point-In-Time is an annual one-day nationwide count of the country’s homeless population conducted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This year’s count was  conducted Feb. 24.

The 2021 count was cancelled because of the pandemic.

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