PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

1/4/2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:010419
Subject:
Long Beach to Conduct Point-In-Time Count of Persons Experiencing Homelessness
Volunteers are encouraged to register by January 11
Contact:
Shannon Parker
Homeless Services Officer
Department of Health and Human Services
562.570.4581
Shannon.Parker@longbeach.gov




On January 24, 2019, the City of Long Beach will be conducting the ninth biennial Point-In-Time (PIT) Count of persons experiencing homelessness within the city. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to register today at www.longbeach.gov/health/services/directory/homeless-services and download the Homeless Count Flyer and Fact Sheet. Registration closes on Friday, January 11, 2019, at 5 p.m. The webpage above also provides information on various ways, in addition to participation in the PIT Count, community members can get involved.

“The Homeless Count is a great opportunity for community members to participate in a citywide outreach effort to some of our most vulnerable residents,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Volunteers will learn about services available to assist people experiencing homelessness, meet service providers, and interact with others invested in the solution to end homelessness in our city.”

PIT Count Participants must be 18 years or older and must attend an orientation before January 24, 2019. There will be no same-day orientation training on the morning of the PIT Count. One-hour orientations for volunteers will be hosted at the Multi-Service Center. Volunteers need only attend one of the following orientation dates and times:

  • Monday, January 14, at 1 p.m.
  • Monday, January 14, at 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 15, at 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 15, at 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 16, at 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 16, at 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 17, at 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 17, at 6 p.m.

For additional information about how to register, those interested can contact Elsa Ramos, Special Projects Coordinator, at Elsa.Ramos@longbeach.gov or 562.570.4588.

The PIT Count is required by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and is vital for determining the scope of homelessness, defining the existing resources available and identifying any gaps. It also highlights progress toward ending homelessness in Long Beach. The Homeless Services Division, part of the City’s Department of Health and Human Services, organizes the PIT Count effort and provides leadership to the Long Beach Continuum of Care, a local planning body that coordinates housing and services for families and individuals experiencing homelessness citywide.

Long Beach has recorded a steady downward trend over the last six prior PIT Counts. In 2017, a total of 1,863 individuals living in emergency shelters, transitional housing, and living in places not meant for human habitation such as parks, beaches and vehicles, were counted.

The PIT Count involves two distinct processes: a residential-based count of all people living in emergency and transitional housing programs in Long Beach and a street-based count. For the street-based count, the Long Beach jurisdiction will be divided into 47 geographic information system (GIS) mapped segments to be canvassed by a team of volunteers. Teams of three to five individuals, comprised of community volunteers, service providers and homeless program participants, will canvass each specific segment to count and survey people experiencing homelessness in each area. Segments take between three and four hours to canvass. Registered participants are requested to arrive at 4 a.m. at the Multi-Service Center, located at 1301 W. 12th Street in Long Beach. Teams will be assigned and deployed beginning at 5 a.m.

Last year, the City launched Everyone Home Long Beach, a new initiative to address the statewide homelessness crisis and its impacts on Long Beach. For more information and access to the Everyone Home Long Beach Report, the public can visit http://www.longbeach.gov/everyone-home-long-beach/

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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About Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services

The mission of the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services is to improve quality of life by promoting a safe and healthy community in which to live, work and play. Long Beach Health is one of only three city-run health departments in California, which allows for better engagement with residents, neighborhoods, businesses and community partners, and fosters a greater understanding of the City's strengths. For more information, visit us at www.longbeach.gov/health, "Like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.