Annual Contra Costa County homeless count needs volunteers

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Annual Contra Costa County homeless count needs volunteers
Photo: Contra Costa Health Services.

Volunteers are being sought to help with the annual “point in time” count of the homeless population in Contra Costa County.

Volunteers must go through training scheduled for Jan. 16. Those interested in attending should contact Jamie Jenett at the county jaime.jenett@hsd.cccounty.us.

The count is scheduled for Jan. 24 and led by Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS).

County staff, community partners and volunteers will document both sheltered and unsheltered people in the area who need permanent housing.

“Data from this effort help government, service providers and community advocates develop effective responses to the challenges facing local people who are experiencing homelessness,” the county said.

It also ensures cities like Richmond are eligible for important resources to assist in reducing homelessness.

Results of the count will not be available for several weeks. During the count last year, 1,607 people were identified as homeless in Contra Costa County.

For more information about the count and homeless services in the county, visit cchealth.org/homeless.

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