City Seeks Volunteers for 2020 Homeless Count

Help Us Help the Homeless by Taking Part in 2020 Point In Time Count

Post Date:12/17/2019 3:57 PM

The City of Lake Elsinore partners with Riverside County each year for the annual  Point in Time Count. The City is seeking volunteers to assist in our local count taking place from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on January 29, 2020 at the Cultural Center. Last year, the City's 2019 homeless count was 66 individuals, down from 75 in 2018. 

What is the Point in Time Count and why is it important?  

The Point in Time Count is an annual mandated census required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to survey of a one-day, "snapshot" of each City's homeless population. This provides a way for each City to not only help understand their homeless population, but obtain the necessary funding to plan and implement helpful measures to reduce these numbers.

We encourage members of the community to engage locally and reach out to our homeless population. Mandatory training is provided prior to the count. Join the 2020 Point In Time Count and help us count our homeless adult and youth population to ensure the necessary funding is provided for long term solutions. For more information on the 2020 Point In Time Count check out their FAQ and article. 

How is the Point in Time Count conducted? 

With the assistance of Law Enforcement to ensure safety, volunteers are deployed with various teams during the Count. Each team will leave to different deployment sites to interview the homeless based on the mobile application of Survey 123 from their smartphone device. This helps conduct the interview with the homeless and collect the needed data to report to HUD. 

When is the 2020 Point in Time Count? 

General Count - Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 5;30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. All volunteers will meet at the Cultural Center located at 183 N. Main Street, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530 by 5:30 a.m. 

Youth Count - Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - Friday January 30, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

What is the difference between the Youth Point In Time Count and the General Point In Time Count? 

Youth Count only occurs for a 3-day period that specifically engages and identifies those who are of youth ages 24 and under living in Riverside County. In contrast, the General Point In Time Count, is one day and Counts all homeless individuals not counting the youth. 

What are the requirements to volunteer?

  • Must be 18 years or over. If 16-17 years must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Attend an online or in-person volunteer training that includes:
    • Review of the purpose of the homeless count.  
    • How to perform the Count
    • How to download and use the Survey 123 application. 
    • Youth Count volunteers will receive specific training. 
  • Must have a smartphone and have the Survey123 application. 
  • Walk up to 2-hours while canvassing a neighborhood 

How can you register to become a volunteer?  

Register today for the General Count at To register for the Youth Point In Time Count please visit or call (951) 358-3844. 

Unable to participate, but still want to help?

Donations of cash, gift cards, cold weather items (sweaters, jackets, gloves, beanies, and socks) or hygiene products are greatly appreciated to provide to the homeless. For donations please contact the DPSS Point In Time Count Coordinator at or call their Point In Time Count Hotline at (951) 358-3544. 

Learn more about the Point In Time Count

Register to Volunteer for Point In Time Count

2019 Point In Time Press Release

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

2020 Point In Time Count Flyer 

2020 Youth Point In Time Count Flyer 

Department of Public Social Service Homeless Programs Webpage

Previous Point In Time Count Reports

2019 Homeless Count and Survey

2018 Homeless Count and Survey

2017 Homeless Count and Survey

2016 Homeless Count and Survey

2015 Homeless Count and Survey

2020 Point In Time Count -general flyer

2020 Point In Time Count - YOUTH

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