April Campbell, a homeless woman, stops to play with her dog Rocky while organizing her tent near 14th and Harrison streets in San Francisco, Calif. Thursday, December 1, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

SF looking for volunteers to help with annual homeless survey

San Francisco’s Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing is looking for volunteers to help with its Point-In-Time Homeless Street Count of residents without a home in The City.

The annual count, considered perhaps the most accurate census of the homeless population, will take place Thursday, Jan. 26.

Volunteers are asked to work in teams of two to three people, and will walk or drive over their assigned routes from about 8 p.m. to midnight.

Volunteers are asked to attend a one-hour training, from 7 to 8 p.m., on the night of the count and come with a charged cellphone. They should be able to walk 2 to 3 miles.

Deployment sites for volunteers include the Department of Public Health, Mission High School, St. Ignatius High School and Carver Elementary School.

It’s estimated there are nearly 7,000 homeless people in San Francisco. According to a federal report on homelessness released in November, the homeless population across the U.S. has decreased during the past seven years, while San Francisco, on the other hand, has seen a rise.

There are nearly 550,000 homeless people across the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress.

While 68 percent were staying in some form of temporary housing like shelters, 32 percent were living in places like the streets, the report found.

Since 2010, the nation’s homeless population has decreased overall by 14 percent, while San Francisco’s homeless population has increased from 5,823 in 2010 to 6,996 this year. West Coast cities in particular have seen an increase and California saw an overall jump in the homeless population, which is at least in part attributed to the region’s hot real estate market.

For more information or to sign up, visit dhsh.sfgov.org.

SAN FRANCISCO HOMELESS COUNT

Thursday January 26, 2017

– 7:00pm-8:00pm – Mandatory Volunteer Training

– 8:00pm-Midnight – Street Count

Volunteer Deployment Sites:

Civic Center – Dept of Public Health – 101 Grove St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Mission – Mission High School – 3750 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114

Sunset – St. Ignatius High School – 2001 37th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94116

Bayview – Carver Elementary School – 1360 Oakdale Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124

Source: Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing

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