The annual “point-in-time” homeless count is two weeks away, in the early morning hours of Friday, Jan. 25.
Teams of volunteers take maps of different U.S. Census tracts and count the number of people they see sleeping in tents, cars and makeshift structures and on streets and sidewalks.
The group organizing the count is hoping for at least 700 volunteers. This week, I heard that about 400 volunteers have registered with the Regional Task Force on the Homeless so far.
Most of the volunteers already registered have asked to count in the city of San Diego, said Dania Brett, who oversees the count for the Regional Task Force.
“We are running pretty short in the rest of the county,” she said.
This count is required for any region that wants federal funding for combating homelessness. As Brett said in our earlier story about the difficulties of the count, “You can’t fix what you can’t measure.”
The task force seeks volunteers for both counters on the morning of Jan. 25, and surveyors to interview people who are homeless over the two days that follow. They also take volunteers to help with data entry in February to input numbers once the count is completed.
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