November 16, 2015
On January 23rd, 2015, 8,742 homeless persons were counted in San Diego County. This is a staggering number, and in order to address, alleviate, and prevent homelessness we must first gain a clear understanding of our homeless population and their circumstances.
Who are our homeless? Where are they? What factors led to their homelessness? What barriers to being housed are they currently facing? Answers to these questions provide the basis for developing sustainable solutions.
The Regional Task Force on the Homeless (RTFH) collaborates with local volunteers throughout San Diego County to conduct the annual Point-in-Time Count (PITC), known as WeALLCount in San Diego, during the last 10 days of January every year. The WeAllCount is mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and is conducted in communities throughout the country. The PITC identifies the number of homeless individuals (sheltered and unsheltered) and detailed interview information on a subset of these individuals. This data is vital when identifying strategies and services to help people to leave the street.
WeAllCount enables our region to better understand the scope, impact and potential solutions to homelessness; and empowers our community to qualify for funding that is essential to addressing the issue. The data that is collected during the count and interviews are compiled into a report that gets sent to HUD and helps direct millions of dollars in federal funding back to local homeless service providers.
This year, we anticipate over 1,500 volunteers will be needed to count and interview throughout San Diego. The count will take place from 4:00am-7:00am on Friday, January 29, 2016 and the interviews will be conducted during the following week throughout the county. Every volunteer matters. The RTFH needs your support!
Executive Director, Regional Task Force on the Homeless