By Spencer Custodio / Voice of OC
Photo by Jessica Ruiz / Voice of OC
At least 3,400 homeless people are sleeping on the streets of Orange County, according to unofficial numbers from the biennial Point in Time count, which finished late Thursday evening after spanning two days.
OC’s top homeless services coordinator, Susan Price, said it will be the most thorough count of the homeless population the County has ever had and the initial number will likely change because the data needs to be combed through for duplicate counts.
“This is the most accurate data the county has ever seen. It’s really the best we can humanely do,” Price said. “We’ll get the results out by April, because we have to de-duplicate (the data).”
The count, which is mandated by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development department every two years, began Thursday and was split into two shifts. The morning teams counted from 5 to 9 a.m. and the night teams counted from 7 to 11 p.m. Teams across the County repeated the count Thursday. Price estimated about 1,400 to 1,500 volunteers helped on the first day.