01/09/2018: "Homeless Count Begins In SJ County"
(Per Gosche photo)
The Homeless Housing and Assistance Act requires that each county In Washington State conduct an annual point in time count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons.
In 2017 there were a total of 36 “homeless” individuals (adults & children=10; W/out children=23, and only children= 3); whereas in 2016 there were a total 58 deemed to be homeless.
The census is conducted in accordance with the requirements of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The 2018 point in time count (PIT) will take place on January 25, 2018.
By state law (RCW 43.185C.030) The census shall make every effort to count all homeless individuals living outdoors, in shelters, and in transitional housing, coordinated, when reasonably feasible, with already existing homeless census projects including those funded in part by the United States department of housing and urban development under the McKinney-Vento homeless assistance program. The department shall determine, in consultation with local governments, the data to be collected.
This year San Juan County Health & Community Services is collaborating with the Resource Centers on each island to provide Point in Time Count volunteer training on the following dates:
San Juan Island Family Resource Center 1/16 @ 3:00pm
Orcas Community Resource Center 11/18 @ 11:30am
Lopez Island Family Resource Center 1/23 @ 11:00am.
The Department is also working with the Cold Weather Emergency Shelters on Orcas and San Juan to ensure the shelters are open the night of the count regardless of weather conditions to encourage participation.
Last year, the Point in Time Count identified 36 individuals living outdoors, in vehicles or abandoned building, and 60 individuals living in substandard structures without access to either drinking water, a restroom, bathing facilities or the ability to cook hot food. There were 58 individuals also identified who were living in temporary, unstable living arrangements, often with family or friends.
If you have questions or would like to help with the count, please contact Ryan Page, San Juan County Affordable Housing Coordinator, Health & Community Services, 370-0590, firstname.lastname@example.org