All Home looking for volunteers to help with one night homeless count

Saturday, January 6, 2018

All Home is looking for volunteers to help with the Point in Time Count of the north King county homeless population to be held the early morning of January 26.

Point In Time (PIT) counts are a critical source of data on the number and characteristics of people who are homeless in the United States. All Home is working in conjunction with Applied Survey Research (ASR) to conduct the 2018 count this year.

These data are used to measure homelessness on a local and national level and are published annually on the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Exchange website, which can be viewed by Continuums of Care (CoCs) and the general public. PIT count data are also provided annually to Congress as part of the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR). The AHAR is used by Congress, HUD, other federal departments, and the general public to understand the nature and extent of homelessness.

The Seattle/King County count will take place during the early morning hours of Friday, January 26, 2018. Nearly all street count activities will occur between 2am and 6am.

Volunteers will work in small groups and be matched with a currently or formerly homeless "guide" from the community to conduct a visual tally of homeless persons across King County on the 26th. 

These guides, with lived experience of homelessness, will lead the team in canvassing their count area, using their direct knowledge and expertise to collect the most accurate data possible. Volunteers will meet their team members and guide at a central deployment site before walking / driving their assigned routes and aiding with data collection.

For more information on deployment site locations, visit the All Home website.

Interested volunteers can register here.

For general questions contact Michelle Valdez or Laura Petry (ASR).


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