The Treasure Coast Homeless Services Council (TCHSC) Continuum of Care (COC) will be conducting our annual Point-in-Time (PIT) Homeless Count on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The PIT Count is a single day in January dedicated to conducting surveys with the most vulnerable individuals and families experiencing homelessness, sleeping in vehicles, on the streets, or sleeping in other places not meant for habitation. The real-time count of all people experiencing homelessness occurs across the nation. Every COC chooses one day during the last 10 days of January to conduct their count. An accurate Point in Time Count is vital for Federal, State, and local agencies’ planning and decision making.
We are continuing to see an increase in homelessness due to the lack of affordable housing in our area. The goal of Treasure Coast Homeless Services Council is to continue toward the goal of ending homelessness in our community.
Point-in-Time (PIT) Homeless Count Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020
Gathering accurate data is key to ending homelessness in our community. The PIT count relies on volunteer participation and provides required data that helps our County access needed Federal and State homeless services resources. Volunteers will canvass the streets of the Treasure Coast for homeless individuals and families, and ask them to participate in a brief survey.
Agencies can help, too!
We are looking for volunteers from local agencies to conduct surveys at their locations. If a homeless individual/family stops in to your agency, we would ask that you please complete a survey for each person. We will provide giveaways such as t-shirts, socks, hygiene, and other supplies for each person who participates in providing survey information.
Below are 3 choices of flyers which can be distributed in the community to raise awareness of the upcoming count. They can also be displayed in any of the service provider agencies’ local offices.
Flyer Choice 1 (Click on the link below)
Flyer Choice 2 (Click on the link below)
Volunteer Flyer (Click on the link below)
This Volunteer Guide provides volunteers with the strategies they need to respectfully deliver a PIT Count survey. The Volunteer Guide does not replace the need for training. Instead, the guide serves as a supplementary resource for volunteers to prepare themselves for the PIT Count. This guide only includes information pertaining to ethical research and consent. You will need to provide your volunteers with additional information about safety, how the survey works, what to wear and general logistics.
Please click on link below to review the 2020 Point in time interviewing Guide: (Click on the link below)
2020 Point in time Survey Questionnaire: (Click on the link below)
The mandatory volunteer training will cover:
The surveying process
Personal and team safety
Friday, January 10, 2020, @ 9:00 AM
United Way of Indian River County, 1836 14th Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32960
For Question, contact:
Treasure Coast Homeless Services Council, Inc.
Phone: 772-567-7790 ext. 1021