Homeless estimate shows numbers holding steady in the valley

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Photo courtesy of Ally Mills

Katie Zack, an OVFS volunteer, prepares a meal for locals in need.

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
Homelessness has increased by nearly 13 percent across Ventura County since 2017, according to an estimate by Tara Carruth, program manager for the Ventura County Continuum of Care Alliance. That's a 147-person increase from 2017, bringing her estimate of the total homeless population to approximately 1,299.
Carruth and her team of 150 volunteers conducted a survey of the county's homeless community Feb. 22 and found 31 in the city of Ojai who lack adequate shelter.
An additional 16 people live in vehicles in the larger Ojai Valley, Carruth said during a May 1 presentation to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors.
See also: “Family shelter poised for its 26th year,” Ojai Valley News, Nov. 30, 2017.

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