Contra Costa County’s biennial homeless count, which helps our community assess needs and secure vital state and federal funds, is in search of volunteers. A new web-based form makes it easy for people to sign up for the count. On January 30, hundreds of volunteers will meet at 6 a.m. for a 30-minute orientation before fanning out across the county in cars to tally homeless persons.
More than 7,000 homeless persons, many of whom are children, rely on services provided by the Homeless Program of Contra Costa Health Services and other community-based organizations. The point-in-time count gives service providers baseline data to better understand the scope of homelessness so more effective responses can be developed to meet the need.