The continued winter weather has highlighted the urgency of securing safe, warm shelter for people in our community without any. Our ability to fund housing programs depends on accurate data.
Once a year, we participate in a county-wide Point in Time (PIT) Count to learn how many individuals are without shelter. Our success depends on non profit and governmental partners as well as community volunteers who act as our eyes on the ground, determining which locations to visit in advance of the count, and in helping us conduct brief field interviews on the day of the count. I conducted the count in the SE Eugene area last year and will be doing it again this year. I need your help to make sure we are reaching everybody. This year’s Point in Time Count will be conducted on January 25, 2017. There are two ways you and your community can participate.
(1) Help us identify locations for the Count in your Neighborhood
The PIT “unsheltered” count reaches people sleeping on the streets, in vehicles, and at parks, camps, and other places not meant for human habitation. Your community will know where and when our volunteers are most likely to find these people in your neighborhood.
Collect this information from your neighbors (approximate locations or intersections ok) and email your neighborhood list to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will compile the information into a reference map so we can use our limited volunteer resources effectively. All information will be kept confidential and will only used to help with the 2017 Point in Time (PIT) Count.
(2) Participate in the Count
(1) Attend a live training on January 17, 2017 from 3:00-5:00 PM at the Lane County Health and Human Services Building: 151 West 7th Ave Eugene, Room 258 OR watch the training video online and complete a short survey/quiz.