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Point in Time Count

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A point-in-time count is an unduplicated count on a single night of the people in a community who are experiencing homelessness that includes both sheltered and unsheltered populations. To make the PIT Count as accurate as possible, teams of three or four span out across Kern County to count and survey homeless individuals who sleep outdoors, in parks, alleys, by the river, under bridges, or in places not meant for human habitation, such as cars, abandoned buildings, garages or other structures without electricity or running water.  The process of surveying helps to identify local trends among the homeless population such as families with children, unaccompanied youth, the chronically homeless, and veterans; and helps identify the magnitude of challenges such as drug use or mental/physical health issues.  Each PIT worker (18 & over) is asked to attend a two-hour training session which will be offered several times in January (dates, times and locations to be announced) with varying time slots for convenience. PIT volunteers will also be outfitted with the tools they need to conduct the count. Each team will have items to hand out to the homeless during the count. The PIT count relies on volunteer participation and provides required data that helps our County access needed Federal and State homeless services resources.

Mandatory Training

Training will cover

  • The survey
  • Safety
  • Homeless engagement

Once registered to volunteer for the PIT count, you will receive an email to register for upcoming training dates and locations in your area.

The Day of the Count

You will arrive at your designated headquarters by 3:30 AM, you will sign in and meet with your volunteer team. Volunteers teams consist of no less than 3 volunteers, 1 being experienced and possess firsthand knowledge of homelessness. Teams will canvass the streets, tally and survey as many individuals as possible experiencing homelessness in each area up until 8 a.m and return to your designated headquarters.

Volunteers must be 18+ years old.

Help the Kern County Homeless Collaborative (KCHC) conduct a real-time count of all people experiencing homelessness. Volunteer for the 2020 Point-in-Time(PIT) Homeless Count on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 from 3:30 a.m-10 a.m.

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