The Orange County Point-in-Time is a count and survey of homeless individuals and families on a given day in January, conducted on odd years (and coming up in January 2019!). It’s a chance for all of us to get up-to-date information on homelessness in our community, including:
How many people are experiencing homelessness in Orange County?
Approximately where are they within the county?
Who does homelessness affect?
o People with physical or mental health concerns or disabilities?
This information—which volunteers, nonprofits, government agencies, businesses, faith groups, and elected officials come together as a community to gather—helps the organizations working to end homelessness in Orange County identify which services are needed, identify trends and changes over time, and decide how best to work together to collaboratively solve this complex social problem.
City Net has been conducting censuses of our homeless neighbors in various Orange County cities for the past two years, and we are excited to coordinate and project manage the upcoming Orange County Point-in-Time Census! Over the next few months, we will be recruiting hundreds of volunteers, organizing our partners’ and collaborators’ efforts, and preparing the census questions and methodology to ensure the highest standards in data quality are met.
How You Can Help
Sign up to volunteer for the Orange County Point-in-Time census! While accompanied by expert City Net staff or other homelessness services professionals, you’ll engage directly with our homeless neighbors to learn their demographics, strengths, and challenges. We’ll need approximately five hours of your time one day in January, and your contribution will help shape homelessness services in Orange County for the next several years!