Hundreds volunteer for Butte County homeless count

Using an app on their phone, volunteers went around to see how many homeless were living in Butte County and they asked those who were about their situations.

Posted: Mar 28, 2019 5:09 PM
Updated: Mar 28, 2019 5:53 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – Using an app on their phone, volunteers went around to see how many homeless were living in Butte County and they asked those who were about their situations.

Countywide Homeless Continuum of Care coordinator Jennifer Griggs said the "point-in-time" helps determine how much money state and federal programs will give to help the problem.

They do the survey every two years and in 2017 they found 1,100 homeless people in Butte County with another 700 people either living with friends, family or in an agency-paid motel.

Griggs said she doesn't see those numbers going down.

"Sadly, we are expecting an increase. That is one of the reasons why, when we are doing the survey, it has a variety of questions. This time we are asking them if they became homeless due to a fire and if they specifically say the Camp Fire, there are additional questions we are asking them," Griggs said.

Some of those additional questions include where they were living when the Camp Fire broke out and if they are willing to move out of Butte County.

Griggs said that will help the agency to serve them better in the future and help them on the road to recovery.

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