St. Louis City Continuum of Care Needs Volunteers for 2016 Point in Time Homeless Count

Join the 2016 Homeless Count! 300 Volunteers are needed for Thursday, January 28, 2016, from 4-8 a.m.

January 21, 2016 | 2 min reading time
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What

The St. Louis City Continuum of Care (CoC) is preparing for the 2016 Point in Time (PIT) and needs about 300 volunteers to survey persons experiencing homelessness either on the street or in sheltered facilities. The PIT Count is a federally mandated survey to determine the prevalence and characteristics of persons experiencing homelessness in the City of St. Louis. PIT helps the City's CoC better understand who is facing homelessness on a given night so that it can advocate for additional resources to provide services for the homeless population, ultimately working to end homelessness in our community. 

When

Point In Time Count

Thursday, January 28, 2016, from 4-8 a.m. 

Volunteer Training Day 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. 

Location for both PIT Count and Training Day

Places for People Clubhouse 
4120 Lindell Blvd. 
St. Louis, MO 63108

Register to Volunteer

Sign-up to volunteer by completing the registration form.

Who

Community, homeless and human service providers and law enforcement will participate as surveyors and team leaders. Representatives from the St. Louis City CoC, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and Homeless Services Division with the City of St. Louis will be present.

Why

The PIT count provides vital information for the following:

  1. To fully understand homelessness in our region through data collection, and what it will take to help connect the most vulnerable people to appropriate services and to secure housing;
  2. To better allocate funding services and measure outcomes related to homelessness;
  3. 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 service providers;and,
  4. To generate detailed reports for our community to ensure an accurate understanding of homelessness in the City of St. Louis.

Interviews

The following individuals can provide interviews upon request:

Irene Agustin –Chief Program Manager, City of St. Louis –Homeless Services Division, agustini@stlouis-mo.gov, (314) 657-1702 or (480) 204-5858

Tony Hilkin –Point In Time Committee Chair for the St. Louis City Continuum of Care, thilkin@placesforpeople.org, (314) 630-1317

About the St. Louis City Continuum of Care 

The St. Louis City Continuum of Care (CoC) for Ending Homelessness is a broad based partnership to prevent people within the community from becoming homeless and to end homelessness in the St. Louis area. More than 60 organizations and individuals committed to this goal make up the body of the CoC. Through interagency coordination and collaboration, the CoC provides people experiencing housing crisis and homelessness with the appropriate level of housing and support services. Visit the Continuum of Care Website for more information.

  • Department:
    Homeless Services
  • Topic:
    Homelessness
    Volunteering

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