Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) will conduct its annual count of homeless county residents at the end of January. CCHS’s Division of Health, Housing and Homeless Services (H3), its community partners and volunteers will document both sheltered and unsheltered people in the area who need permanent housing.
Residents say they have noted what they perceive as an uptick in the local homeless population as inclement weather forces some to seek shelter in more visible areas as encampments fill up. Others have posited that calamity in other parts of the state, notably the North Bay Fires and fires to our south, has put more people out on the street and seeking shelter.
The annual count will take place Jan. 24 with homeless people surveyed at locations across the county. Health Services officials say data from this effort help government, service providers and community advocates develop effective responses to the challenges facing local people who are experiencing homelessness.
Results will not be available for several weeks.
During the 2017 count, 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.