WHEN IS THE 2022 POINT-IN-TIME COUNT?
The 2022 PIT Count will be conducted over three days in January.
- Tuesday, January 25
- Wednesday, January 26
- Saturday, January 29
VOLUNTEER FOR THE 2022 PIT COUNT
Volunteers are needed to help with PIT Count activities. Volunteer teams will cover all parts of the Marion-Polk region and interview as many local unsheltered individuals as possible.
Volunteer training will be provided and is mandatory for everyone participating in the PIT Count. All volunteers must sign up in advance. Watch this video to see how to register to volunteer.
PIT COUNT DONATIONS
Requested donations of NEW items for men and women include:
(Due to the Coronavirus, all items must be new)
- Thermal underwear
- Fleece hats/beanies
- Hand warmers
- Travel size hygiene items.
Drop-off location: 1100 Front St. NE Salem 97301
Drop-off times: Tuesday-Friday 9am-4pm
Drop-off instructions: There will be a large bin inside the entryway of the Good360 Warehouse (shared with UGM Donation Center). Above the door will be a United Way Gifts-in-Kind sign.
Financial Donations can be made at http://weblink.donorperfect.com/PITcount or by using the QR code:
WHAT IS THE POINT-IN-TIME COUNT?
The Point-in-Time (PIT) Count is an annual, nationwide event that happens in the last week of January. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development asks communities to individually count their homeless populations to identify how many individuals and households are homeless in the community, and to determine some of their key characteristics.
Who is Counted?
|Sheltered Count||People staying in emergency shelters or transitional housing|
|Unsheltered Count||People staying in cars, encampments, building doorways, under blankets on heating grates, or other places that aren’t intended for shelter.|
The PIT Count is a collaborative effort of the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency, the Mid-Willamette Valley Homeless Alliance, homeless service providers, and volunteers in every community in Marion and Polk counties.
Community Action is the lead agency responsible for coordinating the PIT Count and relies on community partners and volunteers to ensure an accurate count. Understanding the depth and breadth of homelessness helps communities and the federal government target resources and policies effectively.
The annual PIT Count helps measure our successes and further understand our challenges from one year to the next.
HOW IS THE PIT COUNT CONDUCTED?
The 2022 Marion-Polk PIT Count will consist of mobile volunteer outreach teams and stationary sites throughout the two counties.
The Counting Us mobile app is used to conduct the PIT Count. The app is free and can be downloaded to mobile devices. Instead of relying on paper forms, volunteers simply download the app, register an account, and complete a short survey each time they interact with a person or family experiencing homelessness.
How does Counting Us work?
- Built-in surveys enable volunteers to collect key information needed for the region to comply with the federal reporting requirements of conducting an accurate Point-in-Time Count.
- The app uses the device’s built in GPS to tag the exact location of each survey.
- The Counting Us app has the unique ability to detect if a user has Internet connectivity. If offline, the survey data can be saved on the device and submitted later.
- The app runs on phones and tablets of all sizes and with various operating systems.
- Direct integration with the Point in Time Regional Command Center allows count administrators to provide oversight throughout the census. This helps ensure all areas are properly canvassed and the data is being collected accurately.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT
Community Action Agency PIT Count Lead
Mid-Willamette Valley Homeless Alliance
PIT COUNT WORKGROUP MEETINGS
- December 27, 2021, 1:00-2:00 pm
- January 24, 2022, 1:00-2:00 pm
- February 28, 2022, 1:00-2:00 pm
Click here to join the Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 844 3103 2039
Point-In-Time Count Workgroup Membership
|Co-chair||Angie Wilson, Church @ the Park||Doug Odell, Family Promise|
|Co-chair||Robert Marshall, MWVCAA||Shain Oleson, MWVCAA HOME Youth Services|
|Betty Jordan, Salem Housing Authority||Bennett Teal, Salem Housing Authority|
|Rachel Lakey, Willamette Health Council||Kimberly Vanegas, CCS Fostering Hope|
|Lexi Meyer, NWHS HOST Program||Robin Winkle, Shangri-La|