Point-In-Time Count brings home reality of homelessness in Riverside County

Riverside County Sheriff's speak to a homeless individual in Lake Elsinore during the 2022 Riverside County Homeless Point-In-Time Count. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
At 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, more than 800 volunteers took to the streets of Riverside County to participate in this year’s Point-In-Time Count of homeless individuals. The annual count covered 7,300 square miles and is required to be conducted by local governments by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Federal officials use the information to determine funding levels, assess regional needs and monitor local progress in reducing homelessness.“The count helps us assess the impacts of the pandemic on our at-risk populations including seniors, youth and working-class families,” Heidi Marshall, director of the county’s Department of Housing and Workforce Solutions, said.Marshall said this year’s count will emphasize linking services and resources to those who
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