The need for donated blankets never ends for Fresno's Poverello House
The Fresno Madera Continuum of Care this week will collect data on the number of families and people who are homeless in its annual Street and Shelter Point-in-Time Count.
The two-night, one-day “point in time” tally will give the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development an estimate of how many people are known to be homeless so funds can be distributed to the nonprofit agencies that serve such people.
About 100 volunteers hit the streets Tuesday to conduct the “tally” portion of the project. On Wednesday and Thursday the volunteers will hand out questionnaires to collect more information from people without a home.
Results from the tally and surveys typically are released to the public in the fall.
Numbers from the 2017 survey were released in August. Last year, the report found Fresno’s homeless population rose by nearly 20 percent. The survey estimated about 1,572 people in the city were homeless, an increase of about 250 from 2016.
The Continuum of Care is made up of about 30 groups that serve the homeless and work to provide housing for people without shelter. The continuum also creates awareness about homeless people and their needs and develops strategies for a permanent solution to homelessness.