HOMELESS COUNT DEMOGRAPHICS - IN REPONSE TO POLLOCK PINES COMMUNITY MEETING QUESTIONS 4/26/2008

The following information was compiled from the El Dorado County Homeless Count & Survey Results prepared for the County of El Dorado Human Services Department, Community Services Division, by HomeBase / The Center for Common Concerns in April 2008.  Click here to view the full statistical report.

The County of El Dorado Human Services – Housing Programs coordinated a Point-in-Time Homeless Count and Survey, as required under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care Homeless Programs. As demonstrated in the results of the county-wide winter count that took place in January 2008, there were a total of 164 persons identified as meeting HUD’s definition of homelessness. 75 were unsheltered, 89 were sheltered and an additional 67 persons were surveyed that were identified as being without stable housing or living with friends or family.

The results of the survey indicate that many of the homeless are long term residents of El Dorado County. Approximately 47% of the homeless participating in the survey that meet HUD’s definition of homelessness have been living in El Dorado County for over 10 years, and 29% have been living in El Dorado County for over 20 years.

Results of the unsheltered portion of the homeless count by region:
  Men  Women  Unknown  16-24  Total 
South Lake Tahoe 20 0 0 4 24
Diamond Springs 0 3 1 0 4
Garden Valley 0 0 0 1 1
Placerville City 20 0 3 1 24
ED County Sheriff 22 0 0 0 22
Total: 62 3 4 6 75

The County of El Dorado Sheriff participated in the count of the unsheltered homeless sleeping in homeless camps or rural locations throughout El Dorado County without specific reference to the locations visited. The homeless are often very protective of their sleeping arrangements or homeless camps, and are often unwilling to divulge this information.

Additional regional data was obtained from the El Dorado County Office of Education McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program. This data reflects that in March 2008 there were 18 known homeless students in the Pollock Pines School District that met the McKinney-Vento definition of homelessness. This number is up 38% from the 13 students that were reported to be homeless in November 2007. The number of homeless students reported in the El Dorado Union High School District totaled 78 in March 2008.