Local organization needs your help counting Humboldt County's homeless population
EUREKA- Members of the Humboldt Housing and Homeless Coalition are asking for your help in the next Point-In-Time Count, where the total homeless population of Humboldt County is recorded.
Coalition members addressed the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday and explained the importance of the process. The Point-In-Time Count must be conducted every two years in order for service providers to continue receiving federal Housing and Urban Development funds. The count will take place on January 28th. Volunteers and donations are needed. The process will also consist of surveying the homeless community.
"We're going to be surveying everything from demographics, age, race, ethnicity, all the way down to substance use disorders, mental health problems, the types of incomes the individuals are receiving that helps us get an idea if there are populations that have income, ‘Why aren't they in housing?’ It's going to help us get a general idea of ‘Do we have enough substance use disorder beds? Do we have enough transitional housing? Do we have what the homeless population really needs?’" said Sara Cagle, a member of the Humboldt Homeless and Housing Coalition.
To volunteer or make donations, contact Rachel Burns, the Volunteer Coordinator for the Point-In-Time Committee. She can be reached at (707) 599-3334.