Submitted by San Juan County
San Juan County’s 2018 Point in Time Homeless Count will be conducted on Thursday, Jan. 25. Count organizers and volunteers work with local family resource centers, food banks, emergency cold weather shelters, churches, healthcare providers, senior centers, libraries, the sheriff’s office, and many other community support service providers to conduct the count. The count, initiated by the state of Washington in 2005 (RCW43.185C.030), is conducted annually at the end of January.
The department is working with the cold weather emergency shelters on Orcas and San Juan to ensure the shelters are open the night of the count regardless of weather conditions to encourage participation.
Last year, the Point in Time Count identified 36 individuals living outdoors, in vehicles or abandoned building, and 60 individuals living in substandard structures without access to either drinking water, a restroom, bathing facilities or the ability to cook hot food. There were 58 individuals also identified who were living in temporary, unstable living arrangements, often with family or friends.
For more information, contact Ryan Page, San Juan County affordable housing coordinator at 360-370-0590 or firstname.lastname@example.org.