A record 800 volunteers, including 300 county employees, participated in San Bernardino County’s 2023 Point-In-Time Count.
The early morning count on Jan. 26 was part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s annual one-day effort to determine the country’s homeless population, according to a statement on the county’s website.
The results, which won’t be completed for several months, will help determine how much federal money the county will receive to reduce its homeless population.
“The Point-in-Time Count is a crucial part of developing and implementing a comprehensive plan to combat homelessness and provide a pathway to self-sufficiency,” said Dawn Rose, board of supervisors chair, in the statement.
The 2022 count found 3,333 homeless people living in the county, a year-over-year increase of 6.6 percent. That number, which included sheltered and unsheltered homeless people, was down from the 20 percent increase recorded in 2020.
The 2021 count was canceled because of the pandemic, but the counts in 2020, 2019, and 2018 showed double-digit increases, according to the statement.