MAKING SURE EVERY ONE COUNTS!
On January 28, 2017 (4:30 a.m.-9 a.m.) in the early morning hours 2-1-1 Orange County (211-OC) along with 1500 volunteers will conduct the 7th biennial countywide homeless population Point-in-Time Count and Survey.
Point-in-Time (PIT) is a federally mandated, biennial, enumeration and survey to determine the prevalence and characteristics of persons experiencing homelessness in Orange County. PIT helps us 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, ultimately ending homelessness in our community.
The PIT team and volunteers conduct a survey of persons experiencing homelessness as individuals and families who are either on the street or in sheltered facilities. Personal one on one interviews between a volunteer and the homeless are conducted to gather information that in turn helps us provide more stable housing options in the region.
Why We Count and Survey
- To fully understand homelessness in our region, and what it will take to help connect people to secure housing. They don’t have one face, but rather are a part of our community made up of many “tribes of circumstances”.
- To better allocate funding, services, and measure outcomes related to homelessness.
- 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 homeless service providers.
- To generate detailed reports for our community to ensure an accurate understanding of homelessness in Orange County.
How You Can Help
Join the movement to end homelessness in Orange County by becoming a sponsor, making a charitable donation or becoming a volunteer! Visit the website www.pointintimeoc.org or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers for the 2017 PIT Count will be deployed from one of five deployment centers located in each of the Supervisorial Districts to survey in the surrounding neighborhoods. Because having an accurate and comprehensive Count relies on the participation of hundreds of volunteers, we hope you will consider joining us that morning. The County of Orange employees have always participated in the Point-in-Time Count & Survey. We hope to see you early on the morning of Saturday, January 28th. We’ll have the coffee ready!