Riverside County is gearing up for a new homeless count.
Homelessness threatens nearly 20,000 people in the countybut, with foreclosures at an all-time high, the county expects much higher numbers.
This year, the county is also focusing on the “hidden homeless”or people who are on the brink of homelessness and living temporarily with friends or relatives.
County officials are urging these people to get in touch with them so they can be refered to agencies for assisitance. Plus, the county needs to know where to allocate its resources.
The identities of people will remain confidential.
People who meet the criteria of a hidden homeless resident are urged to call the Department of Public Social Servicesoffice in Riverside at (951) 358-5637. They can call any time up to January 28.