A new survey of homelessness in Santa Barbara County shows that the numbers of people without permanent housing has remained stable for the last few years, but there’s been a shift in where they are located.
It’s called the “Point-In-Time” count. A countywide, one night survey in January showed an almost unchanged total from 2011, with about 1500 homeless in the county.
Chuck Flacks, who is Executive Director of the Central Coast Collaborative on Homelessness, says it's uncertain as to exactly what led to the shift, although it appears the greatest drops were in areas where the most homeless services were available.
The number of homeless spiked in Lompoc and Goleta, while dropping by 24% in Santa Barbara.