The City of Fremont’s comprehensive report and summary detailing the Alameda County EveryOne Counts! 2019 Homeless Point-in-Time Count and Survey has recently been completed. The report details the count’s methodology and findings, as well as a deep analysis of the survey’s results and future implications.
Notably, the report reveals that Fremont’s homeless population increased by 27% since the 2017 Point-in-Time Count, and the number of unsheltered persons rose from 282 to 485. Compared to previous years, those who entered homelessness for the first time are experiencing homelessness for longer periods of time and individuals and families without stable housing are facing new challenges and have access to fewer resources.
For the first time, the survey provided a breakdown of where unsheltered people sleep; approximately 40% of Fremont’s homeless population lives in an RV or car. Regardless of shelter status, 97% of those surveyed in Fremont desire stable housing. When asked how new funding should be spent, 51% of those experiencing homelessness in Fremont agreed on affordable rental housing and 32% expressed a need for permanent subsidies and help paying rent. In addition, 43% of Fremont’s homeless population was also seeking basic sanitation, a need that is now starting to be addressed by Fremont’s CleanStart Mobile Hygiene Unit.
This report accomplishes several important goals including preserving and enhancing current federal funding for homeless services, increasing public awareness of homeless issues, and improving the ability of policy makers and service providers to implement services that meet the needs of the local homeless population.
The EveryOne Counts! 2019 Homeless Point-in-Time Count and Survey and comprehensive report were made possible through the efforts of EveryOne Home, Applied Survey Research, Aspire Consulting LLC, and many other programs, jurisdictions, individuals, and volunteers, under the oversight of EveryOne Home and the Alameda County Continuum of Care.