The most recent homeless census, conducted in January 2015, identified 498 people experiencing homelessness in Yolo on a single night.
At the Board of Supervisors meeting on Sept 13, 2016, Tracey Dickinson, the Homeless Program Coordinator with Yolo County Health and Human Services, provided an update on homelessness and shared the county's plan of action for the coming year.
The Homeless Program’s current short-term steps are to grow funding and improve data collection, which will lay the foundation for establishing a full continuum of housing and homeless services in Yolo County.
A key component in the “housing first” model is being able to track, and respond to, the changing needs of our county’s homeless population. In order to deploy resources most effectively, we need to be able to identify individuals with the greatest level of needs.
Up until this point, the county’s consistent data collection mechanism has been the biannual homeless count. But that is changing.
The Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is a data collection system that will allow all providers to effectively coordinate care by providing a detail-rich, up-to-date and immediately responsive system. This system will allow all of the county’s providers to work together as a coordinated network to meet each individual’s needs.
Click here to see Tracey's presentation and the board's discussion.