Annual Count Shows Homelessness Remains Consistent in Contra Costa County
Thursday, May 11, 2023
Contra Costa County's annual survey to document people experiencing homelessness showed a four percent increase overall in 2023 compared to 2020, according to a report released by Contra Costa Health's Health, Housing and Homeless Services team (H3).
H3 and its community partners, including more than 200 volunteers, canvassed across the county to count the number of people living in emergency shelters or outdoors on Jan. 25, 2023 and released preliminary findings of the 2023 Point in Time count (PIT) this week.
The PIT provides a one-day snapshot of homelessness in Contra Costa. It impacts funding, includes important data and demographics, and helps inform how Contra Costa Health (CCH) can most effectively provide services to people experiencing homelessness.
The preliminary findings show that 2,372 people were without housing during that 24-hour period, including 1,653 people who were unsheltered. That is a 4% increase from the 2020 PIT, which counted 2,277 people experiencing homelessness.
"There's no one reason why people lose their housing," said John Gioia, Chair of the County Board of Supervisors. "We are working hard on many fronts to create more housing opportunities with supportive services, including investing $12 million per year in a newly established Housing Trust Fund. Contra Costa County is also working with other counties statewide to reform the homeless system of care in California to link funding with accountability for outcomes."
Since 2020, bed capacity in the county increased by over 560 beds and CCH opened Delta Landing thanks to the state's Homekey program, which added critically needed services in East County.
"This year's PIT count shows that homelessness rates in the county are relatively stable and similar to pre-pandemic numbers," said H3 director Christy Saxton. "This is a testament to the services we work to provide to people who are experiencing homelessness in our communities, but there is more work to be done."
The full PIT report, expected to be completed in June, will include additional geographic and demographic data.
Visit cchealth.org/h3 for more information on homeless services and resources.
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