The city of Palm Springs put out a call Thursday for volunteers to participate in the county’s homeless count, slated for later this month.
The Point-In-Time Homeless Count on Jan. 23 is a one-day population survey of Riverside County’s sheltered and unsheltered homeless population. The count involves identification and interviews of homeless individuals countywide, in order to provide the county with a more accurate understanding of the homeless population and possible factors contributing to local homelessness.
Last year’s Palm Springs homeless count results showed a 66.3 percent increase from 2016 to 2017, one of the highest increases seen countywide. Countywide, the 2017 count showed an 11 percent increase.
Volunteers are needed between the hours of 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. Following a brief orientation, volunteers will being sent out in groups of three to locations across the city. Volunteers must be able to provide their own transportation.
–City News Service