More than 300 volunteers will canvas San Mateo County early Thursday to conduct the county’s Biennial One Day Homeless Count.
The count will be conducted from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. at locations throughout the county.
Volunteers, including public members, county staff, community-based providers and community guides will travel by foot and car to help the San Mateo County Human Services Agency collect data and conduct surveys about people experiencing homelessness. The count is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and “will help the County and its partners assess how to best serve households experiencing homelessness,” according to officials.
County Board of Supervisors President Carole Groom and new County Manager Mike Callagy will join the count.
“The County and its partners are committed to helping people connect with services and moving then into housing as quickly as possible,” Groom said. “Knowing who is at risk or currently experiencing homelessness helps us better strategize solutions.”
Preliminary results are processed and analyzed then submitted to HUD, with a final report published in June.