PASADENA, Calif. — The City of Pasadena Department of Housing conducted the 2024 Point-In-Time Homeless Count on Tuesday night, January 23, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and the following morning, January 24, from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. Volunteer teams counted and surveyed people experiencing homelessness across the City’s entire geography. The Pasadena Police and Fire Departments provided critical support surveying the City’s parks, freeway embankments and other hard-to-access locations. Additionally, the Pasadena Public Health Department, in partnership with Huntington Hospital, deployed two vaccine strike teams throughout the count to administer COVID-19 and flu vaccines, as well as distribute Narcan overdose reversal kits. The teams received more requests for vaccines this year as compared to last year. The count relies on dynamic survey tools and dashboards embedded with GIS mapping technology which are developed by the City’s Department of Information Technology.
The count also includes those in shelters and transitional housing and will conclude this evening with a supplementary youth-specific count, which runs from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The results of the Homeless Count will be available by June 2024.
“We are grateful to our nearly 200 volunteers who came together to form 41 teams that canvassed the City’s entire geography, including every library and park,” said Dan Davidson, Homeless Count Coordinator. “Only with their help can we compile this critical information that guides the City’s strategic planning for homeless services.”
The Homeless Count provides a “snapshot” of what the homeless population looks like on any given night. Count data is most useful as a tool to study the demographics of the unhoused neighbors and to track trends over time. Pasadena was the first city in the State of California, and one of the first three cities in the nation, to conduct a dedicated Homeless Count in 1992.
Homeless Count data is used year-round to inform the strategic planning of homeless services in the City. For example, in recent years, count data has shown seniors to be one of the fastest-growing groups among our homeless population. In response, the City has supported the development of Heritage Square South, a new supportive housing building for seniors exiting homelessness, which will provide homes to 69 seniors this spring.
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