Point-In-Time Count

San Bernardino County 2017 Homeless Count and Subpopulation Survey

2017 San Bernardino County Preliminary PITC Report

What is the San Bernardino County Point-in-Time Homeless Count?

The Point-in-Time Homeless Count (PITC) is a one-day street-based and service-based count and subpopulation survey of sheltered and unsheltered individuals to identify how many people in San Bernardino County are homeless and their subpopulation characteristics on a given day.

When will the Point-in-Time Homeless Count take place?

The San Bernardino County Point-in-Time Homeless Count and Subpopulation Survey will be conducted on a pre-determined date within the last 10 days of each January. Community planning and organizing activities begin in September of the previous year.

Who should participate in the Homeless County?

The new methodology for the Point In Time Count of homeless individuals and families in the County of San Bernardino requires the involvement of key community persons and volunteers from each city and all unincorporated areas to help organize and implement the homeless count in their communities. Key persons and volunteers include representatives of local government, social service providers, law enforcement, municipal agencies, educational institutions, faith-based organizations, local businesses, civic groups, neighborhood associations, nonprofit agencies and current and formerly homeless individuals.

How can I participate in the Homeless Count?

More information and a registration link to sign-up to participate in the next San Bernardino County Point-in-Time Count and Survey will be available on the webpage: www.sbcounty.gov/dbh/sbchp/pitc approximately three months prior to the next count and survey (January 2017) or contact one of the following individuals:

Christy Hamilton, (909) 386-8203 or chamilton@dbh.sbcounty.gov
Michele Bletcher, (909) 386-8231 or mkbletcher@dbh.sbcounty.go

Who coordinates the Point-in-Time Count?

The Point-In-Time-Count is sponsored by the San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership in collaboration with the Office of Homeless Services and in consultation with the Institute for Urban Initiatives.

2016 Point-In-Time Count

The PITC was held on January 28, 2016, from 6:00 am to 10:00 am, in all 24 cities and unincorporated areas within the County. Various cities also conducted a youth specific count on the same day but later in the afternoon. Approximately 500 volunteers registered to participate in this year’s PITC. The Office of Homeless Services provided over 1,500 hygiene kits to participating cities to be distributed to the homeless counted and surveyed. The final report is available on the link below:

2016 Homeless Count and Subpopulation Survey: Executive Summary

2016 Homeless Count and Subpopulation Final Report

Background Information
The San Bernardino County Point-in-Time Homeless Count and Subpopulation Survey is a one-day street-based and service-based unduplicated count and subpopulation survey of sheltered and unsheltered individuals to identify how many people in San Bernardino County are homeless and their subpopulation characteristics on a given day.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the largest source of homeless program funding, requires that continuum of care (CoC) communities that receive HUD CoC funding (such as San Bernardino County) perform a “one-day, point-in-time” unduplicated count and subpopulation survey of sheltered (every year) and unsheltered (every other year) homeless individuals during the last week of January. Results of the Homeless Count and Subpopulation Survey will provide the County and local cities with benchmark numbers that will serve as the basis for developing local community and countywide strategies to help people exit life on the streets and by which the success of our efforts to provide effective programs serving homeless individuals and families can be measured.

The unduplicated count of homeless persons will consist of two components: 1) an unsheltered count; and 2) a sheltered count. Both components will include those persons who fall within the HUD definition of a homeless person, which is as follows:

“A person is considered homeless only when (s)he lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and resides in one of the following places: 1) places not meant for human habitation, such as cars, parks, sidewalks, and abandoned buildings; 2) an emergency shelter; 3) transitional housing for homeless persons and who originally came from the streets or emergency shelter; or 4) a HUD-defined Safe Haven.”

In addition to the count, a brief homeless subpopulation survey will be administered simultaneously which will consist of questions from the County’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) that identify the eight subpopulations that HUD requires communities to identify. They are: 1) chronically homeless persons; 2) chronically homeless families; 3) persons with HIV/AIDS; 4) persons with mental illness; 5) substance abusers; 6) unaccompanied youth under age 18; 7) veterans; and 8) victims of domestic violence.

Methodology

San Bernardino County 2016 Unsheltered and Sheltered Count and Subpopulation Survey Methodology

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the Point-in-Time Homeless Count take place?

The San Bernardino County Point-in-Time Homeless Count and Subpopulation Survey will be conducted on a pre-determined (TBA) date within the last 10 days of January. Community planning and organizing activities began in September of the prior year.

Where will the Homeless Count be conducted?

The Point-in-Time Homeless Count and Subpopulation Survey will be conducted on the streets, and at residential and non-residential service locations in every city and unincorporated area in San Bernardino County.

Who will be counted in the Homeless Count?

Those individuals who on the day of the point-in-time count fall within the HUD definition of a homeless person which is as follows:

“An individual or family is considered homeless only when he/she lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and resides in one of the following:

(i) Public or private places not meant for human habitation such as a car, park, vacant lot, sidewalk, abandoned building, etc.;

(ii) A supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designated to provide temporary living arrangements (including congregate shelters, transitional housing, and hotels and motels paid for by charitable organizations or by federal, state, or local government programs for low-income individuals);

(iii) An individual who is exiting an institution where he or she resided for 90 days or less and who resided in an emergency shelter or place not meant for human habitation immediately before entering that institution

How will the Homeless Count be conducted?

The Point-in-Time Homeless Count will involve conducting a count and subpopulation survey of both sheltered and unsheltered individuals on the streets, and at residential and non-residential service locations in every city and unincorporated area in San Bernardino County. On the day-of-the-count, teams of local volunteers, service providers and others will visit pre-identified locations and use a count/subpopulation survey instrument to record required information collected from each homeless individual encountered.

How will the Homeless Count be organized?

The San Bernardino County Office of Homeless Services, in consultation with the Institute for Urban Initiatives, shall recruit Key Persons from every public and private stakeholder group in the county to help organize and conduct the Homeless Count and Subpopulation Survey. Key Persons include people who are knowledgeable about local homelessness and where homeless people live, spend time and receive services in the community. Key Person Teams comprised of local stakeholders will be established in Planning Communities made up of incorporated cities and/or unincorporated jurisdictions in order to identify street and service locations where homeless people can be found and to help implement the count in their area.

Who should participate in the Homeless Count?

In order to conduct a comprehensive count of homeless individuals and families in San Bernardino County, Community Key Persons and other volunteers are needed from every city and unincorporated area to help organize and implement the count in their communities. Key Persons and Volunteers shall include representatives of local government, social service providers, law enforcement, municipal agencies, educational institutions, faith-based organizations, local business, civic groups, neighborhood associations, nonprofit agencies, and current and formerly homeless individuals.

Timeline

September
Organizing Planning Community Teams
Outreach to raise public awareness/community involvement (solicit participation/volunteers)

October
Regional Task Force Meetings
Planning Community Team Meetings
Identification of areas where homeless people live/hangout/ receive services
Outreach to raise public awareness/community involvement (solicit participation/volunteers)

November
Regional Task Force Meetings
Planning Community Team Meetings
Develop day-of-count deployment plans/logistics in communities
Outreach to raise public awareness/community involvement (solicit participation/volunteers)

December
Regional Task Force Meetings
Planning Community Team Meetings
Finalize deployment plans/logistics
Outreach to raise public awareness/community involvement (solicit participation/volunteers)

January
Regional Task Force Meetings
Planning Community Task Force Meetings
Regional Volunteer Orientation and Training Workshops
Day-of-Count/Survey – Thursday, January 28, 2016

February
Compile unsheltered population count data
Compile HMIS data for sheltered population

March
Regional Task Force Meetings – Post Count/Survey debriefing

April
Final Count Report