EveryOne Counts!

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. Most importantly, it gives our community useful and critical data for strategic, program, and policy and fiscal planning.

On January 30th, 2019 we conducted the Point-In-Time Count with the help of nearly 500 volunteers, over 100 homeless guides, local law enforcement and city staff, mobile and special outreach teams, partnering nonprofit agencies, and many others. Thank you for the support Alameda County! All of this is no easy accomplishment, considering 2019 is the largest Homeless Count recruiting and training effort that Alameda County has undertaken to date. 

Take a look at the media coverage on the Point-In-Time Count below:
KTUV: Volunteers fan out to count homeless in Alameda County 
SF Chronicle: Counting homeless people in Oakland 
The Mercury News: Volunteers take stock of Bay Area’s crisis in biennial homeless count

The sheltered portion of the count is extracted from data in the County’s Homeless Management Information System, called InHOUSE, operated by the Alameda County Department of Housing and Community Development. InHOUSE includes data on all persons who occupied a shelter or transitional housing bed on the night of the count.  Starting in 2017, the Alameda County unsheltered homeless count will use a street blitz methodology. Learn more about the methodology here.