More San Diego County residents needed for annual regional count
SAN DIEGO – The Regional Task Force on Homelessness called for more volunteers to participate in the upcoming 2023 #WellAllCount Point in Time Count Thursday, Jan. 26. The federally required activity is a crucial source of information and funding for homelessness across the county.
“A robust volunteer basis is vital to the success of the 2023 Point in Time Count,” Tamera Kohler, CEO of RTFH, said. “While we’re excited about the enthusiasm so far, we need more people across our region to take part in the count.”
The purpose of #WeAllCount is to collect data on the needs of people experiencing homelessness in our community. The count also provides an excellent opportunity to increase awareness of homelessness and to spark action. A successful count with full coverage of the county is an essential component to informing our regional response and to ultimately making homelessness rare, brief and one-time in San Diego County. With one of the largest counties in the country, hundreds of volunteers are needed for the point in time count.
The early morning count includes interviewing those experiencing homelessness to broaden our understanding of those living on the streets across our region. Last year’s point in time count had over 1,400 volunteers spread out across San Diego.
“So many San Diegans are wondering what they can do to help make progress around homelessness,” Kohler said. “By participating in the 2023 Point in Time Count, you’re doing your part by providing valuable information about those experiencing homelessness while ensuring that our region gets the federal funding it deserves.”
The Regional Task Force on Homelessness has evolved from an initial mayor’s task force nearly 40 years ago to the robust organization that it is today with an integrated array of stakeholders committed to preventing and alleviating homelessness in San Diego. It provides essential data and insights on the issue of homelessness, informing policy and driving system design, performance and solutions.
Submitted by Regional Task Force on Homelessness.