Volunteers are needed in communities throughout Riverside County to help with the 2019 Point-in-Time Homeless Count and Survey. The Riverside County Department of Public Social Services conducts the survey each January.

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.

The countywide count will be done between 5:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29.  A survey focusing on identifying homeless youths under age 25 also will be conducted that day.

The U.S. 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.

Results of the 2019 Homeless Count and Survey provide critical updates on national and local progress toward ending homelessness.

The 2019 count will use ESRI Survey 123 as the primary data collection tool, replacing the paper-based forms. The mobile application was tested during the 2018 count and the tool was user-friendly.

Community volunteers will be asked to attend a training to learn how to use Survey 123, what to do if a person is uncooperative, and learn other safety and logistical information. Volunteer trainings will be held in early January.

To register as a survey volunteer, visit https://rivcoexchange.com/.

Questions may be directed to Laura Gonzalez-Rivera, Point-in-time count coordinator, at 951-358-3844 or by email at [email protected].