Coronavirus cancels Riverside, San Bernardino counties’ homeless counts – Press-Enterprise

Thousands of homeless people in Riverside and San Bernardino counties will go uncounted in 2021 after the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of both counties’ annual homeless counts.

Citing pandemic-related safety concerns, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development gave permission to cancel the counts, which normally take place the last week in January, Riverside County announced in a Monday, Dec. 28, news release. San Bernardino County also won’t do a count in 2021, county spokeswoman Felisa Cardona said.

In Riverside County’s release, Tanya Torno, who manages the county’s Homeless Continuum of Care — an alliance of government officials, homeless advocates and others that coordinates the count — called the decision a difficult one “but ultimately necessary to protect the health and safety of homeless residents, volunteers and staff.”



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