Locally known as EveryOne Counts!, the Point-In-Time Count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness records the number of people staying in shelters and transitional housing on a given night in late January each year and estimates the number of people who are unsheltered, living outdoors on that same night every two years. Conducting a Count is a requirement of receiving federal homeless assistance funds. The 2017 unsheltered Point-In-Time fieldwork was conducted on January 31, 2017.
Without help from our volunteers and homeless guides, we would not have been able to conduct the Point In Time Count. Getting up at daybreak to walk the streets in the dark and chilly morning did not squelch the enthusiasm and excitement we felt from our volunteers and guides to make a difference in Alameda County. We hope that you were able to gain a better perspective of the homeless crisis in the county and that we can continue to count on your support in the work to end homelessness.
Below is a link to the photos from the day of the Count. See if you can find your team photo!
Take a look at the articles that were published on Alameda County’s Homeless Count below:
Research from the 2015 report shows that the overall Count has remained steady over the last six years, hovering at just over 4,000 individuals. Each year our system helps an increasing number of homeless people return to permanent homes. The stable Point-In-Time estimate indicates that new people are losing housing as fast as we are helping others find it. The solution to homelessness is housing that is safe and affordable for people at all income levels. We will not prevent and end homelessness without more affordable housing.