🌟 Make Youth Count – Volunteer for the Youth Point-In-Time Count 🌟
The Homeless Youth Point-In-Time (PIT) Count is a multi-day count and survey required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to:
• Identify how many youth ages 24 and under are homeless in Riverside County;
• Determine the need for youth homeless services; and
• Guide decisions about how to use available resources.
The Department of Public Social Services facilitates the count alongside Operation SafeHouse and hundreds of volunteers across the county.
Having great data is critical to getting the resources that are so desperately needed to house homeless and unstably housed youth. Teams of youth-friendly volunteers survey young people at organizations and at hotspots to collect information on their housing status. This information is then sent to the Department of Public Social Services to analyze and share with the wider community, state, and federal partners.
Through close collaboration between homeless services, youth agencies, and other stakeholders in the community, we hope to hold a more comprehensive count; which will give an accurate scope of the magnitude, needs, and demographics of homeless youth in Riverside County.