Jan 03 2017

Volunteers Needed For 2017 Point In Time Homeless Count


What:  The St. Louis County and City Continuums of Care are preparing for the 2017 Point In Time (PIT) Count.  Approximately 300 volunteers are needed to survey persons experiencing homelessness either on the streets or in sheltered facilities.

            The PIT Count is a federally mandated count and survey to determine the prevalence and characteristics of persons experiencing homelessness in the St. Louis region.  PIT helps us to better understand who is facing homelessness on a given night so that we can advocate for additional resources to provide services for the homeless population with the goal of ultimately ending homelessness in our community.

When:  Point In Time Count – Thursday, January 26th from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

            Volunteer Training Days – Tuesday, January 17th and Thursday, January 19th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Volunteers will need to attend one of the two training sessions.     

Where: Volunteers will have the option of assisting in either St. Louis City or County on the day of the PIT Count.  Volunteers assisting in St. Louis City will meet at the Places for People Clubhouse located at 4120 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108 on the morning of the count.  Those assisting with the PIT in St. Louis County will assemble at several designated locations due to the multiple municipalities. These locations will be announced at both PIT trainings.

            Training for volunteers for both the City and County PIT Counts will take place at the Places for People Clubhouse located at 4120 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108.

Who:  Community members, homeless and human service providers, and law enforcement will participate as surveyors and team leaders.  Representatives from the St. Louis City and County Continuums of Care, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Homeless Services Division of the City of St. Louis, and St. Louis County Homeless Programs will be present.

Why:   The PIT Count helps our community –

1.      To more fully understand the number and characteristics of people experiencing homelessness in our region.

2.      To help connect the most vulnerable people to appropriate resources and secure housing.

3.      To better allocate funding for services and measure outcomes related to homelessness.

4.      To meet our reporting obligations to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Data from the PIT helps drive millions of dollars in federal funding to local services providers.

5.      To generate detailed reports that can be shared with the public to ensure that the community at-large has an accurate understanding of homelessness in our region.

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About the Continuums of Care (CoC)

The St. Louis County Continuum of Care seeks to prevent, reduce, and end homelessness thought the effective planning and coordination of a community-wide response to homelessness that includes a full array of prevention resources; supportive services; and emergency, transitional, and permanent housing options.  The County CoC envisions a community in which every person deserves and has access to safe, habitable, stable, and appropriate housing.  More than 40 organizations share this vision participate in the CoC in St. Louis County.  For more information visit: http://stlouisco.com/HealthandWellness/HumanServices/CountyHomelessPrograms.