Serving children, youth and families in San Diego County since 1971.
The face of homelessness can be unique in each region and in each community. That is why, in order to provide the most effective services and work to end homelessness, it’s important to understand our community’s trends in homelessness.
The Point-in-Time Count is a one-day, statistically reliable, unduplicated count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals and families across the United States.
Join us in 2017 to make a difference in the lives of homeless men, women, and children throughout San Diego by taking part in the homeless census.
For more information about county-wide efforts visit San Diego's Regional Task Force on the Homeless.
We All Count 2016
In the early morning of January 29, 2016, South County Volunteers proved We All Count when about 350 joined South Bay Community Services to conduct a count of all homeless neighbors in our communities.
Joining our volunteers were:
Volunteers deployed from Chula Vista Police Department at 4:00 a.m. in teams of two or three to areas in Chula Vista, National City, Imperial Beach, Coronado and South San Diego communities. Volunteers will also help conduct interviews of our homeless throughout the day.
The Point-In-Time count is required annually by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and is intended to provide a snapshot of a community’s homeless population on a single night. It serves as one way to collectively understand the scope and breadth of homelessness in our nation and our individual communities.
Why are Point-In-Time counts important?
Point-in-time counts are important because they establish the dimensions of the problem of homelessness and help policymakers and program administrators track progress toward the goal of ending homelessness. Collecting data on homelessness and tracking progress can inform public opinion, increase public awareness, and attract resources that will lead to the eradication of the problem.
How does HUD utilize the data gathered?
HUD uses information from the local point-in-time counts, among other data sources, in the congressionally-mandated Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress (AHAR). This report is meant to inform Congress about the number of people experiencing homelessness in the U.S. and the effectiveness of HUD’s programs and policies in decreasing those numbers.
How do local communities benefit?
On the local level, point-in-time counts help communities plan services and programs to appropriately address local needs, measure progress in decreasing homelessness, and identify strengths and gaps in a community’s current homelessness assistance system.
WeAllCount Results 2015 - Visit RTFH for more reports