BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The latest figures on the number of homeless people in Kern County have just been released.
The Kern County Homeless Collaborative reports that 1,330 homeless people were counted in shelters and on the streets during the annual Point in Time Homeless Count that happened in January.
The count took place on Jan 30-31.
On the night of the count, volunteers found 525 homeless people spent the night in a shelter, but 805 slept outside.
The count showed a 50-percent increase in the number of homeless people versus the count from 2018. The 2018 count found 885 homeless people.
The PIT count drew 49 percent more volunteers who helped count and survey those experiencing homelessness in Kern County.
The PIT count had twice as many volunteers counting in 2019 as there were in 2018.
The report released by the KCHC said the additional volunteers resulted in a more comprehensive count than in the past two years.
The homeless subpopulations that saw the most increases were families with children, veterans and youth ages 18 to 24.
Families with children make up 16 percent of the homeless population, veterans account for 10 percent and youths 18 to 24 represent 8 percent.
Other key findings in the report: