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.

Those interested in participating are asked to register at www.RiversideHomelessCounts.com or www.palmspringsca.gov.

–City News Service

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