Jan. 9, 2019 — Volunteers are needed to make this year’s annual Point-in-Time Unsheltered Street Count as comprehensive as possible. Volunteer duties include collecting electronic surveys using the Survey 123 app and canvassing an assigned geographic area for people experiencing unsheltered homelessness.
“Last year, we had over 300 volunteers, which enabled a new level of data collection for us,” said Lane County Human Services Supervisor Alexandria Dreher. “So far this year, we are severely short staffed and need additional volunteer support.”
This year’s Count will take place across Lane County between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31.
A short training is provided prior to the count to help prepare volunteers for the count.
The Point-In-Time Count provides a useful tool for understanding homelessness and year-over-year trends in our community. One-night counts are required by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Oregon Housing and Community Services, which provide funding for housing and services related to homelessness.
The information gathered during the Point-in-Time Count is used year-round by planning boards, nonprofits, community organizations and policy makers on local, state and federal levels to inform their work on this issue.
For more information and to sign up to volunteer, visit www.LaneCounty.org/HomelessCount.