TEHAMA COUNTY, CALIF. - Every other year, Tehama County conducts their point-in-time count, which surveys people who are homeless.
This year, the numbers are up.
“215 people who are unsheltered were counted, 102 ppl who are in shelters, and we also counted 30 people in our jail,” said Andrea Curry with Empower Tehama.
Adding to the homeless problem includes addiction, broken families, unemployment, medical problems, and not enough housing.
“It's still very much invisible,” said Curry. “It’s a lot easier to find a place where people can’t see you and for that reason we tend to underestimate the issue in rural areas.”
With the numbers up, people in Tehama County have taken notice and they say more resources are needed.
“The way that we can help would be informing of different programs that are out there that deal with mental illness and help them get back on their feet,” said Alejandra Herendira of Tehama County.
Empower Tehema says, there are plans to open up a navigation center, that would serve as place the homeless could go to help them get the resources they need. No word on when that would open up.
Empower Tehama also says, all parts of the state, including rural areas, will be getting funding from the state to help combat homelessness.