Every year, communities across the country participate in WeALLCount (Point-in-Time Count)—an event in which volunteers count and interview sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals.
The Point-in-Time Count allows San Diego County to gather information on homelessness in the region, providing useful data for organizations interested in understanding, addressing, and solving homelessness in San Diego.
Spearheaded by the Regional Taskforce on the Homeless (RTFH), the 2014 WeALLCount event took place Friday, January 24. This year, the RTFH gathered approximately 1,300 volunteers to count and survey homeless individuals throughout San Diego County—a significant increase in the number of volunteers who participated last year.
The Campaign to End Homelessness in Downtown San Diego, LeSar Development Consultants, and the Downtown San Diego Partnership hosted elected officials and community leaders for the WeALLCount event to survey homeless persons in the downtown area.
As mentioned in Interim Mayor Todd Gloria’s State of the City Address, “There is more momentum on homelessness issues in San Diego than ever before. More and more players, from the business community and service providers, to the public and private sectors, are actively engaged now – putting focus and resources toward ending homelessness.”
He also highlighted the success of our Campaign. “I’ve continued to work with the Housing Commission, the Downtown San Diego Partnership, the Campaign to End Homelessness and homeless service providers to get people off the streets and into permanent housing. The Campaign’s pilot programs successfully provided 225 vouchers for Permanent Supportive Housing for street homeless persons in the Downtown area, implementing national best practices to get and keep people off the streets.”
Click here to view more photos from WeALLCount 2014. Many thanks to all the volunteers who joined us!