Annual Homeless Count January 24th

Posted January 13, 2019 at 10:45 pm by

San Juan County’s 2019 Point in Time Home­less Count will be con­duct­ed on Thurs­day, Jan­u­ary 24. Count orga­niz­ers and vol­un­teers work with local fam­i­ly resource cen­ters, food banks, emer­gency cold weath­er shel­ters, church­es, health­care providers, senior cen­ters, libraries, the sheriff’s office, and many oth­er com­mu­ni­ty sup­port ser­vice providers to con­duct the count. The count, ini­ti­at­ed by the State of Wash­ing­ton in 2005 (RCW43.185C.030), is con­duct­ed annu­al­ly at the end of January.

This year San Juan Coun­ty Health & Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices is col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Resource Cen­ters on each island to pro­vide Point in Time Count vol­un­teer train­ing on the fol­low­ing dates: 

  • San Juan Island Fam­i­ly Resource Cen­ter Jan­u­ary 10 at 1:00pm
  • Orcas Com­mu­ni­ty Resource Cen­ter Jan­u­ary 16 at 1:00pm
  • Lopez Island Fam­i­ly Resource Cen­ter Jan­u­ary 18 at 12:00pm

Last year, the Point in Time Count iden­ti­fied 57 indi­vid­u­als liv­ing out­doors, in vehi­cles, aban­doned build­ings, or sub­stan­dard RVs/Boats. There were 63 indi­vid­u­als also iden­ti­fied who were liv­ing in tem­po­rary, unsta­ble liv­ing arrange­ments, often with fam­i­ly or friends.

If you have ques­tions or would like to help with the count, please con­tact Ryan Page, San Juan Coun­ty Afford­able Hous­ing Coor­di­na­tor, Health & Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices, 370‑0590,

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