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Point-in-Time Homeless Count Conducted in Bakersfield, Kern County

Annual count is important to identifying needs, allocating resources

Hundreds of volunteers took part in the annual Point-In-Time Homeless Count in Bakersfield and Kern County on Friday, January 24.

The count is crucial to the City – and other agencies – for determining resources that are needed and how they are allocated in order to address the homeless crisis efficiently and effectively. In 2019, the count showed a sharp increase in the number of unsheltered homeless individuals from the previous year, underscoring the importance of projects like the need for an emergency low-barrier shelter and other programs the City has implemented over the last year.

While an official total from the count will be released at a later date, there were more than 600 volunteers who registered and went through training for this year’s count (organizers hoped for 500), including more than three dozen City of Bakersfield employees.