Volunteers needed for one-day homeless count in San Mateo County

San Mateo County seeks volunteers for one day homeless count

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San Mateo County needs volunteers to help with its annual one day homeless count. The deadline for signups is Jan. 11 (sign up here). The 2022 One Day Homeless Count will occur from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27, in various locations throughout the County.

“Volunteers play a critical role in gathering information to help the community understand homelessness in San Mateo County,” officials said. “Data on the number of those experiencing homelessness is a critical component for local planning and program development.”

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and must attend a virtual training in advance of the one day count. They must also pass a COVID-19 symptom screening prior to in-person attendance, and have a smartphone and/or are able to drive your own car.

“On the morning of the Count, volunteers will be matched into teams and will drive and walk around their designated area together to conduct an observational count of people experiencing homelessness,” officials said.

This year, volunteers will not conduct a survey, but will rather assist with the observation count.

For more information, go here.

Photo from a past homeless count posted by San Mateo County in 2018.