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In Today’s Update:

• News Now – April edition

• County positioned to address expected increase in homelessness

• Be a part of the largest hiring event in the High Desert!

• Residents impacted by storms eligible for special CalFresh benefits – Apply by May 9

• FEMA opening a Disaster Recovery Center in Twin Peaks

• Animal Care launches “National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day” adoption event

• Calling all stargazers! Museum Cosmic Nights returns

• Weekend Westbound SR 210 construction canceled

• Pet of the Week: Riley

• Jobs of the Week

San Bernardino County News Now

In this episode of San Bernardino County News Now learn how county building inspectors are ensuring structures are safe to re-open after heavy snow compromised the integrity of several homes and businesses in mountain communities. Plus, Smile SBC and First 5 San Bernardino are teaming up to teach kids about the big responsibility of keeping little teeth healthy. And, San Bernardino County’s Second District Supervisor Jesse Armendarez has the floor in this month’s District Minute.

County positioned to address expected increase in homelessness

The decision by the Board of Supervisors last month to leverage $72.7 million in federal, state and county resources to support its landmark 2022 Homeless Strategic Action Plan positions the County well to address its share of a regional growth in homelessness appearing in the results of homeless counts in many jurisdictions.

Due to a rapid increase in the cost of rent, a shortage of affordable housing, and deepening mental health and substance use disorder crises, San Bernardino County experienced a 26 percent increase in homelessness during the past year, according to the results of the 2023 Homeless Point in Time Count (PITC) conducted on Jan. 26, which were released at today’s (April 26) meeting of the San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership- Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH).

Other Southern California counties have reported or are expected to report increases in homelessness this year. San Bernardino County’s numbers were likely bolstered by the inclusion of data gathered by the Sheriff’s Homeless Outreach and Proactive Enforcement (HOPE) program separate from the PITC. Also, the County had the highest-ever number of volunteers for this year’s count, which allowed for the canvassing of more areas than ever before. More than 800 volunteers assisted in this year’s count, including more than 300 County employees.

“I would like to show my greatest gratitude towards the joint efforts of the San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership, all the volunteers and partners who went out of their way to assist, and the San Bernardino County Community Revitalization Office of Homeless Services for their count of unsheltered homeless in our County,” said Fifth District Supervisor Joe Baca, Jr.

“The teamwork our county has displayed is commendable. Our work here is just beginning, but the fact that we are seeing a lot of our funding sources such as the Social Work Action Group’s (SWAG) brilliant outreach program and the Sheriff’s HOPE Team make a positive impact goes to show there has been improvement.

“With the help of Pacific Village and the Kern Street facility, we will be able to increase the number of sheltered. Finding shelter for homeless families and individuals is only a small part of the bigger picture. We are in the right direction, and there is only improvement from here,” Baca said.

This year’s PITC in San Bernardino County identified 4,195 homeless persons in the county compared to 3,333 last year, a difference of 862 individuals or 26 percent. However, the number of sheltered individuals increased by 29.1 percent – 275 people – showing that the County continues to make progress in providing housing options for the homeless.

“This is unacceptable. We must do more. Addressing homelessness is my priority. The investments my colleagues and I are making to support County staff in their implementation of strategies will make a difference. We will ensure those funds are invested wisely to address the crisis,” said Second District Supervisor Jesse Armendarez.

For instance, through the County’s long-standing partnership with the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino, ESG-CV (Emergency Solutions Grants – CARES Act) funds were used to help more than 360 families that were homeless, at risk of being homeless or were victims of domestic violence find permanent homes. And through Project Roomkey the County has served 2,210 individuals, 704 of whom have moved into permanent housing.

More than one-third (39.9%) of unsheltered adults and children counted as homeless became homeless for the first time during the 12 months prior to the homeless count.

Nearly half (44.1%) of unsheltered adults were chronically homeless, which is defined as being homeless for one year or more and having a disabling condition such as mental illness, chronic health condition, or a physical disability.

Nearly one-fourth (22.9%) of unsheltered adults answered “yes” when asked if they had been incarcerated during the past 12 months.

During this year’s count, County and non-profit outreach teams engaged homeless seniors over the age of 65 and other homeless with severe medical conditions to provide them with housing resources in the cities of Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino, and Victorville, which have the highest concentrations of homelessness.

Outreach teams contacted 128 individuals, and seven accepted long-term emergency shelter at the Orange Show Inn in San Bernardino. To date, five individuals remain sheltered at the Orange Show Inn and are receiving wrap around services and development of a housing plan from County departments and non-profit organizations.

This program, PITC Plus, goes above and beyond what the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires for homeless counts.

As part of its requirements for communities to receive local homeless funding, HUD requires communities to conduct one-day point-in-time sheltered and unsheltered homeless counts. While HUD requires communities to conduct a point-in-time count every other year for the unsheltered, San Bernardino County conducts the count annually to better monitor and respond to homeless trends and identify subpopulations that require specific attention.

In partnership with several community organizations and County departments – including the Sheriff, Behavioral Health, Aging and Adult Services, Public Health, and Probation – the County is building on the successes achieved by the pandemic-inspired Project Roomkey and Project Homekey to make serious progress toward addressing homelessness throughout San Bernardino County.

The 2022 San Bernardino County Homeless Strategic Action Plan adopted by the Board of Supervisors in June is a unified and strategic approach to tackling homelessness in the county with clear, ambitious goals and an unprecedented alignment of 16 County departments. It revolves around a Homeless to Home Roadmap to Self-Sufficiency and focuses on strengthening the ability of County departments and community partners to make a collective impact toward reducing and preventing homelessness by housing the most at-risk, increasing shelter capacity, and improving the current systems in place to shelter and serve the homeless.

The Board of Supervisors last month gave a major boost to efforts to combat homelessness throughout the county when it voted unanimously to leverage $72.7 million in federal, state and county resources to support the 2022 Homeless Strategic Action Plan.

The Homeless Initiatives Spending Plan includes $15 million from the County general fund for a new County Housing Development Grant to support community-based homeless housing projects.

The overall plan allocates $72.7 million in available federal, state and county resources towards six strategic initiatives to address the root causes of homelessness by increasing the supply of housing opportunities for at-risk populations.

The spending plan includes $29.7 million for the Pacific Village Phase II expansion.

Pacific Village is one of several collective impact approaches to address homelessness in the county. Each of the treatment and housing typologies will provide individuals with semi-private or private housing rather than congregate dormitory beds.

Private housing provides a stable, dignified living situation and can be tailored to fit the specialized needs of individuals who require high levels of social and behavioral health supports needed to accept and maintain housing. It is anticipated that Pacific Village will increase the number of individuals connected with housing and supportive services by 698 to approximately 726 annually.

Be a part of the largest hiring event in the High Desert!

The United States Capitol Building in Washington, DC

Largest hiring event at Victor Valley College, in partnership with San Bernardino County Workforce Development, the Greater High Desert Chamber of Commerce, Goodwill of Southern California and El Dorado Broadcasters!

“We are delighted to have so many projects selected by our Congressional representatives,” said Supervisor Dawn Rowe, Third District Supervisor and Chair of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. “These important projects are excellent investments in the region and will help the County deliver law enforcement, parks, preschool, fire, and behavioral health services.”

Senator Diane Feinstein submitted a $2 million request to purchase new snow removal heavy equipment to be stationed in mountain communities such as Wrightwood, Crestline, Lake Arrowhead, and Big Bear. This project was a top priority for the County, which wants to invest in new equipment to better respond to future blizzards and natural disasters.

A major project request was also submitted by Senator Alex Padilla, who backed a $5 million project to improve the water supply for the mountain community of Cedar Glen.

Congressman Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands) submitted two requests for the County. The first is for $1 million to support a septic-to-sewer conversion project in the unincorporated community of Bohnert. The second is for $3 million to extensively refurbish the playground at Glen Helen Regional Park.

Three major infrastructure projects were submitted by Congressman Jay Obernolte (R-Big Bear) to receive federal funding. A $4 million request would help complete Phase III of the Desert Knolls Wash Flood Control Channel near Apple Valley while a $3 million request will finish a flood control culvert replacement in Oak Glen. Finally, Congressman Obernolte submitted a $2 million request to help build a new replacement fire station in the mountain community of Fawnskin.

Congresswoman Norma Torres (D-Pomona) submitted a $3 million septic-to-sewer conversion project in unincorporated Fontana and a $2.9 million request to build new restrooms and showers for the Prado Regional Park campground.

Congressman Raul Ruiz (D-Indio) submitted a $3 million request to renovate the County’s behavioral health outpatient clinic in Needles and build a new recovery clubhouse facility, also in Needles. This is a significant investment to ensure residents of this isolated city have access to critical behavioral health care and assistance.

Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park) submitted a $3 million request to relocate the County’s Head Start preschool in the City of Upland. The current facility is aging and inadequate to meet the needs of the children at the preschool. The County will use this funding to renovate a newly acquired preschool and ensure that it meets the highest standards for childcare facilities.

Congresswoman Young Kim (R-Fullerton) submitted a $3 million request on behalf of the County Sheriff’s Department to help purchase body cameras and tasers. This will help Sheriff’s deputies to be more accountable and transparent in their enforcement of the law while avoiding the lethal use of force.

Federal earmarks are discretionary projects selected by local members of Congress to fund key projects in their state or districts. Projects are selected by individual lawmakers and then submitted to appropriations committees in the House of Representatives or Senate. Projects are funded once the full appropriations bills are passed by Congress and signed into law by the President.

Residents impacted by storms eligible for special CalFresh benefits – Apply by May 9

Did you live or work in an area impacted by the recent Winter Storms between Feb. 21 and March 22, 2023? Were you unable to work or get paid? Was your home or workplace damaged? Did you incur disaster-related costs, including food, shelter, or evacuation? You may be eligible! Disaster CalFresh provides one month of food benefits to eligible disaster-impacted households that do not already receive CalFresh benefits. Households may be eligible to a 30-day non-prorated payment. For example, a family of four with a monthly income up to $3,130 per month may be eligible to receive up to $939 in food benefits through this program. Apply online at between April 29 and May 9 or visit your local Transitional Assistance Department (TAD) office. You may also call 1-877-410-8829 to see if you qualify.

FEMA opening a Disaster Recovery Center in Twin Peaks

For mountain residents and businesses impacted by the winter storms and seeking help, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) have opened a Disaster Resource Center (DRC) in Twin Peaks.

Mountain residents, property owners, and businesses affected by the late winter blizzard are now eligible for assistance from the federal government thanks to the efforts of Board of Supervisors Chair Dawn Rowe and various County agencies who advocated and worked closely with state and federal decision makers to secure aid for local communities.

Residents and businesses can register and apply for aid and check on the status of their applications at, by downloading the FEMA smartphone app, or by calling 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585).

Those who need further assistance or who have been turned down for aid should visit the Disaster Resource Center, where representatives from various agencies can help residents and businesses find forms of assistance for which they are eligible.

The DRC is located at the Twin Peaks Recreation Complex, 675 Grandview Road, and is open Sunday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. It is closed on Saturdays. County storm information can be found on the County’s Snow Information page,

Animal Care launches “National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day” adoption event

Are you looking to add a furry friend to your family? Look no further than Animal Care’s “National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day” event, running from April 29 to May 7 at the Big Bear and Devore Animal Shelters. Dogs are $25 and cats are $17. All pets come spayed/neutered, microchipped, and receive most vaccines.

Mark your calendars for April 29 to May 7 and head to your local shelter to find your new best friend. Not only will you be making a difference in the life of an animal in need, but you’ll also be gaining a lifelong companion who will bring love and happiness to your home for years to come.

For information about animals available for adoption in San Bernardino County’s Big Bear and Devore shelters, please visit San Bernardino County Animal Care at to see photographs of pets awaiting adoption or call (800) 472-5609. To donate to assist animals at the shelter, visit

Calling all stargazers! Museum Cosmic Nights returns

Whether you have yet to experience the grandeur of Jupiter, Saturn, or the waxing gibbous moon, or you are a dedicated amateur astronomer, Cosmic Nights offers unparalleled views of the celestial wonders. Come join us for this popular family-friendly event. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child ages 6 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are free.

San Bernardino County Museum, 2024 Orange Tree Lane, Redlands

Saturday, April 29, 2023, 7 to 10 p.m.

Saturday, June 24, 2023, 7 to 10 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023, 7 to 10 p.m.

Cosmic Nights at the San Bernardino County Museum is in partnership with San Bernardino Valley Amateur Astronomers (SBVAA). Organized in 1958, SBVAA helps amateur astronomers in the San Bernardino Valley area increase their knowledge and excitement in astronomy and spread that knowledge to the community.

Victor Valley Museum, 11873 Apple Valley Road, Apple Valley

Friday, June 23, 2023, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 26, 2023, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Cosmic Nights at the Victor Valley Museum is in partnership with the High Desert Astronomical Society (HiDAS). Based at the Luz Observatory in Apple Valley, HiDAS was formed to provide trained volunteer astronomers to operate and maintain the center’s astronomical equipment.

The evenings feature telescope viewing and an opportunity to discuss astronomy with telescope operators. Visitors are also encouraged to bring binoculars or set up their own telescopes. The events take place outdoors and visitors are advised to wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Guests are welcome to set up portable lawn chairs and blankets for extended viewing.

The San Bernardino County Museum is located at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Victor Valley Museum is located at 11873 Apple Valley Road, Apple Valley. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child ages 6 to 12). Children five and under and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. The museums are accessible to persons with disabilities.

Weekend Westbound SR 210 construction canceled

This weekend’s directional 55-hour closure of westbound SR 210 between the I-10 connectors and 5th Street/Greenspot Road has been canceled. Closures are anticipated to resume the weekend of May 5. The 55-hour directional closure is scheduled for Friday, May 5 at 10 p.m. to Monday, May 8, at 5 a.m. 

The series of six directional, 55-hour freeway closures are part of the SR 210 Lane Addition and Base Line Interchange Project.  Directional closures allow crews to safely perform paving operations at the on- and off-ramps of the San Bernardino Avenue interchange.

Additional closures are scheduled for the following dates:

  • Friday, May 5 through Monday, May 8 (Westbound)
  • Friday, May 12 through Monday, May 15 (Eastbound)
  • Friday, May 19 through Monday, May 22 (Eastbound)
  • New date TBD (Eastbound)

*Please remember that construction is dynamic, and the schedule is subject to change.

For additional information, please visit

Pet of the Week: Riley

This week’s Pet of the Week is Riley (ID # A776652). Riley is a spayed female who looks like a Husky and Shepherd mix. She’s estimated to be 4 months old. Riley was found near Highland and has been at the Devore Animal Shelter since April 21, 2023.

For information about animals available for adoption in San Bernardino County’s Big Bear and #Devore shelters, please visit San Bernardino County Animal Care at to see photographs of the pets awaiting adoption or call (800) 472-5609.

To donate to assist animals at the shelter, visit

Join our award-winning workforce at San Bernardino County

San Bernardino County has jobs that will open on Saturday, April 29.

We encourage you to apply and share these job openings with those who may be interested in them. Recruitments listed are subject to final department approval.

Check Job Opportunities for the most up-to-date recruitments.

A teal box with the words COVID-!9 Vaccine Information on it and a injectable needle on the left.

For all COVID-19 related information, including case statistics, FAQs, guidelines, and resources, visit the County’s COVID-19 webpage. Residents of San Bernardino County may also call the COVID-19 helpline at (909) 387-3911 for general information and resources about the virus. The phone line is NOT for medical calls and is available Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you have questions about social services, please call 211.