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250 volunteers needed to count county’s homeless on Jan. 27
Homeless woman Ceres
Volunteers are needed to count the number of homeless people in the county, such as this woman who was seen crossing Mitchell Road with a grocery cart Friday morning. - photo by Jeff Benziger

The Stanislaus Community System of Care (CSOC) is looking for 250 volunteers to help conduct the 2022 Point-in-Time Count, an annual survey of homeless persons in the area. The count data is critical to determine the scope of the problem, help define resources, and identify gaps in service.

The count is also used to help determine the amount of funding available to communities to develop housing and supportive services for people moving from homelessness to independent living.

“Homelessness affects all of us,” said Jason Conway, chairman of CSOC. “The data collected will help us get a better understanding of the population experiencing homelessness.”

Every year the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires communities to count the number of homeless in counties across the nation.

The PIT count is an unduplicated count of sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness on a single night in January. It’s a snapshot in time. This year’s count is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022.

Volunteers will work alongside the county’s Homeless Outreach and Engagement Team as they fan out across Stanislaus County. Volunteers will engage with homeless and their families to complete a survey and help distribute care packages (beanies, socks, snack, and water) to people surveyed.

Persons may volunteer, by going to Participants will be required to choose a training session and select the city where they would like to work. 

Registration may be accomplished by phone at (209) 558-2961 or e-mail The deadline to sign up is Jan. 7.

Last year, a total of 2,927 homeless persons were identified in the 2021 PIT count.

The 2021 Homeless Shelter Count is organized by the Stanislaus Community System of Care (CSOC) which includes local governments, non-profits, and homeless providers.

For more information about CSOC, visit