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New technology, record participation helps in Riverside County Homeless PIT Count

Contact: Gene Kennedy, Senior Public Information Specialist, DPSS
Phone: (951) 203-0343
Email: gkennedy@rivco.org

New technology, record participation helps Riverside County Homeless PIT Count

With a new app in their hands, hundreds of volunteers will fan out across Riverside County early Tuesday morning for the 2019 Point-In-Time (PIT) Homeless Count and Survey. The 2019 survey is a one-day street-based and shelter-based effort to identify how many people in the county are homeless on a given day. New this year, volunteers are using ESRI Survey 123 as the primary data collection tool. The app replaces paper-based forms. It was tested during last year’s count and proved to be user-friendly.

The county required volunteers to undergo training, including how to use the app, before deploying from 31 locations countywide on Tuesday. During the 2018 PIT Count, Riverside County saw 486 volunteers. This year, nearly 800 volunteers have registered to help in the count.

“The significant turnout of volunteers demonstrates how much residents in Riverside County care about doing something to address homelessness,” said Natalie Komuro, Riverside County Deputy CEO for Homeless Solutions.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development requires Continuum of Care communities that receive HUD funding, including Riverside County, to perform a one-day, point-in-time count. The results are expected in the spring and will provide critical updates on local and national progress towards ending homelessness.

WHEN: January 29, 2019

TIME: 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in locations throughout Riverside County

WHERE (For media only):
La Sierra University Church
4937 Sierra Vista Ave.
Riverside, CA 92505
On site contacts: Brooke Federico, bfederico@rivco.org, (951) 743-0075 and Jose Arballo, jarballo@rivco.org, (951) 712-3705

Martha’s Village and Kitchen
83791 Gate Ave.
Indio, CA 92201
On site contact: Gene Kennedy, gkennedy@rivco.org, (951) 203-0343