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Orange County Point in Time Count Released

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE POINT-IN-TIME FLYER$0$0Santa Ana, CA (May 12, 2017) — The County of Orange released the 2017 Point in Time (PIT) count today, which shows a 7.6 percent increase in homelessness in Orange County since the 2015 PIT count. $0$0The 2017 PIT count, which occurred on January 28, 2017, revealed 4,792 people who are experiencing homelessness. Of those, 2,584 are unsheltered and 2,206 are sheltered in emergency or transitional shelters. Permanent housing resources for homeless populations are not reflected in the PIT count.$0$0"I'd like to thank all of the 1,184 volunteers who helped conduct the Point in Time count," said Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel, Second District Supervisor. “Homelessness is a complex problem. We are committed to doing what we can to work with city governments, non-profits and local communities to reduce the number of people living unsheltered and to improve the quality of life for all Orange County residents.”$0$0The 2017 PIT count shows a shift to move resources from transitional shelter beds to rapid rehousing and permanent supportive housing models, which is reflective of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding priorities. While transitional shelter beds decreased, emergency shelter beds increased.  This increase is directly attributable to the Courtyard Transitional Center, a County investment. $0$0“We need to continue to address the root causes of homelessness,” said Vice Chair Andrew Do, First District Supervisor. “With the Point in Time count data, we can identify our greatest areas of need and direct the best resources to assist in giving our homeless a helping hand.  It will take us all working together to accomplish this.”$0$0The PIT count is a biennial tally of people without a home on a particular night. This information is provided to HUD as required to receive federal Continuum of Care (CoC) resources to help end homelessness locally.$0$0“Homelessness concerns all of us as a social problem and a public safety issue,” said Supervisor Todd Spitzer, Third District. “The Point in Time statistics underscore the need for creative solutions like Bridges at Kramer Place that provide assistance programs in addition to sheltering in proximity to where the homeless are now living on the streets, in the riverbed, and in our business communities.”$0$0In conjunction with 2-1-1 Orange County, the Orange County Commission to End Homelessness convened an ad hoc committee to provide guidance on the 2017 PIT count project. The ad hoc committee’s direction included a public places count with sampling methodology. This methodology was also used for the 2013 and 2015 PIT counts. $0$0“The trending information from the 2017 Point in Time count underscores the need for more immediate shelter and resources,” said Supervisor Shawn Nelson, Fourth District. “We need to move the needle in a significant way and see these numbers decrease as homeless individuals move through the system to permanent housing.”$0$0The County of Orange is the lead for Orange County’s Continuum of Care (CoC) which funds 14 nonprofits across the County. The CoC is an integrated system of care that guides homeless individuals & families through a comprehensive array of services and housing designed to prevent and end homelessness. $0$0“The 2017 PIT provides vital information, like the fact that we have 357 unsheltered veterans in Orange County,” said Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Fifth District. “I am committed to doing everything I can to help those experiencing homelessness, and continue to target our resources regionally to provide much needed assistance.”$0$0A full report on the 2017 Point in Time count will be distributed in June 2017. Additional information regarding Orange’s County 2017 PIT count can be found on our Care Coordination website at http://www.ocgov.com/gov/ceo/care.