Region 7 Participates in HUD’s Annual Point-in-Time Count

The Point-in-Time Count is a nationwide annual count of homeless individuals and families. On a single night in January, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that care providers conduct an annual count of the homeless who are living outdoors, in emergency shelters, transitional housing, and safe houses. This Count is an important process for meeting the requirements to continue receiving federal financial support for homeless services, tracking the success of local efforts to end homelessness, and to encourage philanthropic investors to help fund homeless causes.

On January 24, 2018, our Program Specialist participated in the Count, along with HUD, the Greater Kansas City Coalition to End Homelessness, and the Community Service League of Independence, Missouri. The count included Eastern Jackson County, where teams visited libraries, homeless campsites, and the Independence, Missouri Stone Church for a community dinner. The count helps to spot individuals and groups in potentially dangerous situations by conducting surveys that collect valuable feedback about homelessness: demographic characteristics, homeless experiences, history, and other vital information. A survey change for 2018 included new questions to help recognize individuals who may be fleeing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

Thanks to the Continuum of Care, this year’s survey, during the count, was electronic and could be downloaded on volunteers’ phones, laptops, tablets, and other devices. This improved the time it takes to gather the information and immediately captured the responses of those interviewed. The information collected will be analyzed and shared with HUD for final Count reports.

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