Nearly all Victor Valley homeless people are locals

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Results of San Bernardino County’s annual Point-In-Time Count, which took place on Jan. 23, shows 94.1% of homeless people surveyed in the Victor Valley first became homeless locally. Among the 252 homeless people counted in the Victor Valley, only 21 or 5.9 percent said they became homeless elsewhere, according to the count.

The survey registered a 19.9% increase in the entire county’s homeless population with a total count of 3,125 individuals this year, compared to the 2019 count when 2,607 homeless people were identified. Of the additional 518 homeless counted, 470 are identified as unsheltered and 48 sheltered individuals are temporarily housed in shelters, motels, or through transitional housing programs.

Since the board’s initiative on homeless veterans was announced in July 2016, the County has permanently housed 1,295 veterans. Since January 2017, 463 chronically homeless people with mental health issues have been housed. To view the report, click on www.sbcounty.gov/sbchp.