The Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care has released the 2020 Point in Time Count report.
Point In Time (PIT) Count
Results of the biennial Point in Time (PIT) Count of persons experiencing homelessness were released today. Conducted on January 29, 2020 by the Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care (CoC), the Count is mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and serves as a snapshot of homelessness in the county on a single night. The County and CoC provided oversight of the PIT Count, working closely with Northern Santa Barbara County United Way Home for Good, Applied Survey Research, Simtech Solutions, and more than 500 volunteers. The 2021 Point in Time count was submitted to the Department of Urban Development in May, 2021 and a comprehensive will be available later in the year.
In 2020 Countywide, 1,897 persons were counted with the largest number counted in the city of Santa Barbara. The count includes 1,223 persons experiencing unsheltered homelessness and 674 persons living in emergency shelters or transitional housing. In 2017, the official PIT count was 1,860. There was a notable shift between sheltered and unsheltered persons between 2017 and 2020.
Phase 1 Community Action Plan to Address Homelessness
To learn more about, local efforts and planning to address homelessness, the Phase 1 Community Action Plan to Address Homelessness is available HERE.
Phase II Community Action Plan to Address Homelessness
To learn more about local efforts and planning to address homelessness, the Phase II Community Action Plan to Address Homelessness is available HERE.
Understanding the dynamic nature of the people that seek homelessness services over time gives us a clearer picture of what we can do to end homelessness, together. This and so many other topics are now possible to explore through California's newly launched Homeless Data Integration System (HDIS). Through the state's partnership with Continuums of Care, HDIS provides a sharper focus on what California has been doing to respond to the growing homelessness crisis.