Save the Date for the upcoming Annual Point In Time Count Trainings

About The Point In Time Count:

The Point in Time Count attempts to capture data on both sheltered and unsheltered individuals experiencing homelessness to provide a snapshot of homelessness in the United States.

It is the only source of nationwide data on sheltered and unsheltered homelessness and is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) of all jurisdictions receiving federal funding to provide housing and services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. This information ultimately helps the federal government to better understand the nature and extent of homelessness. Count data also helps to inform communities’ local strategic planning, capacity building, and advocacy campaigns to prevent and end homelessness. 

This count provides the Homeless Leadership Coalition (CoC, OR-503) and our collaborators information about the number of individuals in Central Oregon who are struggling to find adequate housing and shelter. In addition to the total number of sheltered and unsheltered individuals experiencing homelessness, information is gathered on a wide range of characteristics of those experiencing homelessness including age, gender, race, ethnicity, veteran status, and disability status. Local collaborators like governments, service providers, housing providers, healthcare providers, and schools will be able to better target support services and develop comprehensive plans to address poverty and homelessness in Central Oregon by taking these population trends into account.

The HLC is organizing a service based count again this year. The hope is that in the course of usual service provision outreach, meal services etc. providers will PRIORITIZE the collection of Point in Time Count Data and offer the opportunity to participate to all clients served in an effort to count individuals and families living in: 

  • Shelters or hotels/motels paid for by a voucher
  • Transitional housing 
  • Camping, sleeping outdoors or in cars or in RV’s without full hookup 
  • Other places not meant for human habitation like a shed or storage unit

When/Where?:

The January 6th HLC General Membership meeting from 8am-9am will include a brief overview of basic details of Point in Time Count goals Trainings tailored to the roles of shelter providers and service providers will be held on January 10th and 12th respectively, via Zoom -Zoom links are below.

 

Who Should Attend Point in Time Count Trainings?

  • any outreach, service providers or shelter providers (staff or volunteers), mutual aid or faith partners who will support the collection of Point In Time Count Surveys.
  • The HLC strongly encourages cross-sector partner participation in this annual event to better capture data to support long-term and solutions focused plans. This includes providers from criminal justice, meal/food service, education and healthcare sectors.

Questions, Needs or Concerns? 

Contact info@cohomeless.org or CaitlinR@neighborimpact.org