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Volunteers needed to count homeless population
2,876 — Number of homeless persons in San Bernardino County
156 — Number of male homeless persons under the age of 18
190 — Number of female homeless persons under the age of 18
169 — Number of persons who were chronically homeless
234 — Number of homeless persons who are veterans
- 53.1% Vietnam war veterans
- 8.2 % Iraq war veterans
- 6.1% Afghanistan veterans
204 — Number of homeless who are severely mentally ill
375 — Number of homeless who suffer chronic substance abuse
25 — Homeless living with HIV/AIDS
475 — Number of homeless who are victims of domestic abuse
Source: San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership
SAN BERNARDINO • The county of San Bernardino is seeking a minimum of 1,000 community volunteers to count and survey homeless individuals and families.
Every two years the county is required by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development to conduct a Point-In-Time Homeless Count, which allows for identifying and better understanding the needs and characteristics of homeless individuals and families. According to a press release from the county, the information collected during the count is submitted to HUD for analysis in identifying funding for needed services and will be used to aid in the development of appropriate program services and resources for this underserved population.
The count will be held from 6 to 10 a.m. on Jan. 24. Volunteers will be assigned to specific locations throughout the county.
Interested applicants must be 18 years or older and have an interest in helping to alleviate homelessness in the county.
Those interested in volunteering for this project can register at www.SanBernardinoCountyHomelessCounts.com or contact Michele Bletcher at (909) 382-7007.
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