The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Point-In-Time Count is an annual event that happens across Oregon and throughout the nation during the last week of January.
Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency (MWVCAA) is partnering with Mid-Willamette Valley Homeless Alliance (MWVHA), homeless service providers, and volunteers in every community in Marion and Polk counties to conduct the 2021 Point-In-Time (PIT) Count.
The PIT Count provides an opportunity to identify how many individuals and households are homeless in a community, including those in shelters and people living on the street or other unsheltered locations, and what some of their key characteristics are. 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. This PIT Count FAQ explains many details about the event.
The 2021 Marion-Polk PIT Count will consist of
- Mobile outreach teams
- Shelter surveys
- Magnet events / stationary sites
Events will take place over three days to survey and count those experiencing homelessness. Volunteers are needed for all three days. Please click below to register for days and hours that work for you.
Training is required for all survey volunteers and will be conducted virtually: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVelaa8UZSk
Volunteers will be required to wear appropriate protective equipment and follow all COVID-19 protocols and guidance.
Ways to Help Now:
- Donate items which will be distributed to those experiencing homelessness. Contact Sara Webb at email@example.com.
- Join in the planning to make sure the PIT Count is engaging, efficient, and successful. The PIT Count Workgroup meets virtually every Monday in January, 11am-12pm. Zoom meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82033579884.
For more information, contact D.J. Vincent, 2021 PIT Count Workgroup chair at DJ@salemlf.org.