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Roberta Arvizu, 62, who is experiencing unsheltered homelessness, right, becomes emotional after receiving a care package from San Bernardino Mayor Helen Tran during San Bernardino County’s 2023 Point-in-Time homeless count in downtown San Bernardino on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023. (File photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
Roberta Arvizu, 62, who is experiencing unsheltered homelessness, right, becomes emotional after receiving a care package from San Bernardino Mayor Helen Tran during San Bernardino County’s 2023 Point-in-Time homeless count in downtown San Bernardino on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023. (File photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
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Inland Empire governments, nonprofits and volunteers are gearing up to count the region’s homeless residents at the end of the month.

The federal government requires local governments to periodically count the number of people who are without permanent shelter in their region. The information helps determine how many resources are provided to local governments for programs to help the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless.

This year’s Point-In-Time Counts come after a year in which the number of Inland Empire residents living without homes jumped. According to local 2023 Point in Time Counts, , , and 26% in San Bernardino County.

  • Riverside County officials interview a homeless man in Riverside on...

    Riverside County officials interview a homeless man in Riverside on Jan. 25, 2023, as part of the county’s annual homeless count. (File photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Teresa Aguila, of San Bernardino County Transitional Assistance Department, center,...

    Teresa Aguila, of San Bernardino County Transitional Assistance Department, center, gathers information from Corneliu Ladu, 68, who is experiencing unsheltered homelessness, right, as San Bernardino Mayor Helen Tran, left, looks on during the San Bernardino County’s 2023 Point-in-Time homeless count in downtown San Bernardino on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023. (File photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Roberta Arvizu, 62, who is experiencing unsheltered homelessness, right, becomes...

    Roberta Arvizu, 62, who is experiencing unsheltered homelessness, right, becomes emotional after receiving a care package from San Bernardino Mayor Helen Tran during San Bernardino County’s 2023 Point-in-Time homeless count in downtown San Bernardino on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023. (File photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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This year’s count will take place on Jan. 23 in Los Angeles County, including the cities of Pomona, Claremont and La Verne, and on Jan. 25 in San Bernardino County.

The county is currently recruiting volunteers for its count. Those interested in volunteering can sign up online at and can pick which city they want to help canvass.

“Addressing homelessness is a top priority for San Bernardino,” San Bernardino Mayor Helen Tran is quoted as saying in a city news release issued Monday, Jan. 8. “We hope San Bernardino residents will once again turn out to be an important part of the solution.”

Volunteers must be 18 years or older. Both individuals and groups are encouraged to volunteer. Volunteers in San Bernardino County must have a smartphone or similar device to conduct the count and volunteers are required to go through training beforehand.

The , county spokesperson David Wert wrote in an email.

In Pomona, the city is working with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority to canvass its homeless population. To volunteer to be part of Pomona’s Point-in-Time Count, visit and select Pomona’s Ganesha Community Center as the deployment site.

Riverside County won’t be doing a homeless count this year, county spokesperson Brooke Federico wrote in an email.

The federal government allows for two years between unsheltered homeless counts, she said. The county will do a count in January 2025 and will count homeless people in shelters this year.

The county used to count unsheltered homeless people every year until the , when .

“Moving to a new schedule of counting unsheltered residents every other year allows county teams to focus resources on housing unsheltered residents,” Federico said.

Instead of a count, the county will hold symposiums on homelessness and solutions to lower the ranks of unhoused people. Dates and times for symposiums in western Riverside County will be announced later, Federico said.

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