Volunteers Needed for "Point in Time" Homeless Count

By: From 13 News, Posted by Ralph Hipp
By: From 13 News, Posted by Ralph Hipp
The nearly statewide survey of people experiencing the problem of homelessness, will be conducted next Thursday, January 24th. 101 counties in Kansas will participate next week.

The Shawnee County Homeless Task Force conducts a point-in-time count of the homeless.


TOPEKA - The Kansas Balance of State Continuum of Care is seeking volunteers to assist with the 2013 Point-In-Time (PIT) Count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Kansas. The count, which takes place Thursday, January 24th, 2013, is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for communities receiving funding from HUD Homeless Assistance Grants.

"It's essential that we accurately capture the number of people experiencing homelessness throughout the state," said Doug Wallace, Continuum of Care Coordinator for the Kansas Statewide Homeless Coalition. "Gathering specific information on children, families and veterans, as well as individuals affected by domestic violence, mental illness and substance abuse, will help us better address the problem of homelessness in the most effective and direct way."

Volunteers helping with the count will provide client interviews to homeless persons during the seven day period following January 23rd. Each person interviewed will be asked about their housing status on January 23rd. Volunteers are needed to survey people experiencing homelessness in shelters and unsheltered locations, as well as to provide other support functions, such as data entry for the count.

The 101 counties participating in the count have been divided into regions and each region has a team leader planning activities for the region. For more information about, or to volunteer for this year's count, please contact Doug Wallace at (785) 354-4990 or doug@kshomeless.com.

Persons interested in volunteering may also contact the team leader for their region.


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