CONTACT: Ruben G. Lizalde, 210.207.7006
SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 23, 2020) - Councilwoman Rebecca J. Viagran along with volunteers and outreach teams will participate in the County-wide 2020 Point-In-Time (PIT) Homeless Count. The PIT Count reveals the number of homeless persons in our shelters and on our streets at a single point-in-time. This count is part of a national effort to identify the extent of homelessness throughout the country. The PIT count is conducted within a 24 hour period to determine the number of people experiencing homelessness who are sheltered and/or unsheltered. An accurate PIT count is crucial to obtain accurate insight regarding progress the community has made to reduce the number of unsheltered homeless, highlighting areas that need to be improved, and identifying additional resources to address homelessness within the local community.
“This count is essential to help us as a city wrap our arms around this complex issue and work towards solutions,” said Councilwoman Viagran. “The data that we collect through the surveys helps us better understand the factors surrounding homelessness on both a local and national level, and is critical to effective planning and performance management toward the goal of ending homelessness.”
“I’m grateful members of the City will be participating so we can do our part to understand and address this issue to help our fellow San Antonians.”
The 2019 Point-In-Time Homeless Count found that the total number of people experiencing homelessness was down 6 % from the 2018 PIT count, according to the PIT survey.
2019 Count by the Numbers
Homeless veterans: 215
Chronic homeless: 343
Homeless families: 274
Unaccompanied homeless youth: 98
Total homeless count on Jan. 24, 2019: 2,872
*All stats from South Alamo Regional Alliance for Homeless’ annual point-in-time survey conducted Jan. 24, 2019.