The 2016 Ventura County Homeless Count and Subpopulation Survey is now available at www.venturacoc.org
The 2016 Point in Time Count was conducted on January 26 from dawn until mid-day in the 10 cities and unincorporated areas of Ventura County. 1,271 men, women and children were counted in 2016, reflecting in a 10% decrease from the 2015 count and the lowest total count since the first local count in 2007. Persons counted were homeless by the HUD (Department of Housing and Urban Development) definition meaning living on the streets or places not meant for human habitation or in an emergency shelter/transitional housing program.
The continued decrease in the count can be attributed to the increase of rapid re-housing services and increased coordination among the Continuum of Care providers. 888 persons countywide were assisted with obtaining permanent housing in 2015. The system continues to experience challenges finding available and affordable rental units throughout the county.
The Point in Time Count is an activity intended to help communities look at trends in data and focus on the highest need, vulnerable population of people without shelter. Over the course of the year there are approximately 5,000-7,000 people that are homeless in the County. Ventura County’s population of those at-risk of homelessness continues to be great. Ventura County 211’s highest request for service referrals was for rental assistance and emergency shelter in 2015. Ventura County Healthcare for the Homeless program saw 10,070 unduplicated patients that met the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) definition of homeless (includes people and families that are doubled up or “couch surfing”) in 2015.