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Alameda County’s Homeless Point-In-Time Count on February 23rd

Alameda County’s Homeless Persons Point-In-Time Count of Unsheltered Residents on February 23rd

When: Wednesday, February 23, 2022, 5:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Who: EveryOne Home
Alameda County Housing and Community Development
Alameda County Health Care Services Agency’s Office of Homeless Care and Coordination

Where: Throughout Alameda County

On Wednesday February 23, 2022, Alameda County will once again conduct the Count of the number of people experiencing homelessness throughout the community on a given night as required by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). To understand the ongoing shortage of affordable housing and services, outreach team workers, city staff, County staff, community volunteers and Guides (those who are currently experiencing homelessness or recently experienced homelessness) will walk or drive through every census tract in Alameda County starting at 5 AM to count those who are forced to sleep outdoors, which will be compiled with the count of people residing in shelters and transitional housing programs. Participants will work in small teams to tally people sleeping outside and Guides will be paid for their time and expertise doing field work.

EveryOne Counts! 2022, the Alameda Countywide Homeless Point-In Time Count, is conducted once every two years to produce estimates and population data about the County’s most vulnerable residents. The enumeration, required by federal funders and used extensively locally, provides an updated and more accurate understanding of homeless demographics and trends. It also gives us an update on our progress with ensuring that everyone in Alameda County has a safe place to call home. This Count was not conducted in 2021 due to COVID- 19 considerations, thus this Count is more important than ever.

Supplemental efforts include a Youth Count component for those under age 25, a pilot for reaching unsheltered families with minor children, and a survey of about 10% of people identified as experiencing unsheltered and sheltered homelessness. Guides will survey unsheltered homeless individuals and providers will survey those staying in shelters and transitional housing programs in the days after the Count to gather more detailed information including self-reported information on demographics, health conditions, employment, veteran status, housing history, COVID impact, and connection to the community. Survey data will also be used to examine racial disparities,

especially for Black/African American and Native Americans most disproportionately impacted by homelessness.

Data Release:

EveryOne Counts! 2022 data will be available in the summer of 2022. The 2019 Point-In-Time Count estimated 8,022 persons were homeless on a night in January 2019, 79% (6,312) of them without shelter. To review the 2019 Homeless Count data findings and for more information, go to http://everyonehome.org/everyone-counts/.

Planning Partners:

The core partners implementing this crucial project are EveryOne Home, Alameda County Housing and Community Development Department, Aspire Consulting LLC, Applied Survey Research and Alameda County Health Care Services Agency Office of Homeless Care and Coordination with extensive city and community participation.

Guidance for Reporters:

Reporters and photographers will be asked to observe the following confidentiality protocol out in the field:

  • There will not be time to interview people during field work.
  • Volunteers and Guides are observing and tallying what they see and are not interviewing people they encounter. We are asking that press do not either.
  • Do not photograph or video people on the street in a way that they or their location can be identified. It is a violation of their confidentiality and privacy to do so.
  • You may take and utilize pictures or film from a distance without identifying landmarks or street signs in the picture, as well as pictures or film of people from behind or silhouetted without identifying landmarks, street signs, or facial features. EveryOne Home is hosting five outdoor PIT Stops for the PIT Count throughout the County from 8-11 AM. These are designated locations where EveryOne Home staff and supporters will be providing breakfast and coffee to outreach teams, volunteers and Guides to thank them for conducting the count. These grab and go locations are also potential places for media to meet with elected officials and other participants in the Count after it is conducted. It is important that those visiting PIT Stops practice safe COVID practices including mask wearing and social distancing.

Berkeley PIT Stop (8-11 AM):
First Congregational Church of Berkeley 2345 Channing Way,
Berkeley, CA 94704

Oakland PIT Stop (8-11 AM):
Grove Shafter Park
Martin Luther King Jr Way & 36th Street Oakland, CA 94609

Hayward PIT Stop (8-11 AM): First Presbyterian Church 27287 Patrick Ave,
Hayward, CA 94544

Fremont PIT Stop (8-11 AM):
40520 Paseo Padre Parkway
Lake Elizabeth – Aqua Adventure Water Park Fremont, CA

Dublin PIT Stop (8-11 AM):
The Wave at Emerald Glen Park 4201 Central Parkway,
Dublin, CA 94568

About EveryOne Home:

EveryOne Home is the non-profit organization leading the collective effort to end homelessness in Alameda County. We’re building momentum, using data to improve our efforts and aligning resources for long-term solutions. Since 2007, EveryOne Home has been the lead agency for Alameda County’s Homeless Continuum of Care.

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