Point In Time Count
Full Report of the 2022 Point in Time Count of Sheltered and Unsheltered Homeless
Analysis of San Joaquin County Point in Time Count Data (2017–2022)
Please click here for a full report on the results of the 2019 Point in Time Count of the Sheltered and Unsheltered Homeless.
On November 18, 2020, the SJCoC Board of Directors requested that HUD grant an exception from conducting an unsheltered count in 2021 due to the impacts of COVID-19. That request was immediately granted by HUD. Please refer to the minutes of the SJCoC Board of Directors Special Meeting of November 18, 2020 for more details. You can also review HUD’s guidance regarding exceptions to the unsheltered count here.
One of the responsibilities of the San Joaquin Continuum of Care is to report the numbers of people experiencing homelessness living in our communities. Using the Homeless Management Information System, the SJCoC counts the sheltered homeless every single day of the year. To count the unsheltered homeless, for example, those living in their cars, under bridges, in a tent next to the freeway, or any other place not meant for human habitation, can be much more difficult. That’s why the San Joaquin Continuum of Care needs volunteers from throughout the County to participate in the Point in Time Count of the Unsheltered Homeless
We ask for assistance from citizens throughout the region to count the unsheltered homeless during the last ten days of January. Getting an accurate count of the unsheltered homeless in a geographic area the size of San Joaquin County takes hundreds of volunteers, donations of supplies, places to meet, and much more. An accurate Point in Time Count is critical to the success of the San Joaquin Continuum of Care because funding amounts and other resources are decided based in large part on the number of homeless individuals we find during the Count.
Volunteering for the Point in Time Count is easy: teams will gather in a designated meeting place one morning in January and go out to where the homeless congregate. Teams will conduct a head count and if possible ask a few questions, and report back to Continuum staff at the meeting place. The entire process takes just a few hours for most volunteers. We are fortunate to have commitments of participation from local law enforcement officers which will go out with teams, as well as local fire departments, non-profits, City and County staff, churches, civic leaders, elected officials, and concerned citizens from all over San Joaquin County.
For more information about how you can help, contact Adam Cheshire at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (209) 468-3399.
You can download a list of items the San Joaquin Continuum of Care needs for the Count here. These items will be given to the homeless by volunteers participating in the Count.
You can download a copy of the San Joaquin Continuum of Care 2017 Point-in-Time Unsheltered Homeless Count Report here.