During the last week in January, each community in Oregon will conduct a street count to identify homeless community members including those sleeping in community shelters, camping, living in recreational vehicles or anyone lacking a safe and stable place to call home.

The count is conducted by volunteers under the direction of the seven Continuum of Care (CoC) organizations in Oregon. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) collects data at the national level, and Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) analyzes the state level data.

“The Point-in-Time Count is critical to understanding what homelessness looks like in Oregon,” said OHCS Director Margaret Salazar. “While it doesn’t tell the whole story, it provides big picture information about those who do not have a permanent place to call home. I urge all those who are able to volunteer their time and support this work.”

The Point in Time Count (PIT) determines the number of families and individuals experiencing homelessness on a particular day and is not intended to capture the total number of homeless throughout the year.

PIT is used by HUD to evaluate the effectiveness of the strategies a given community uses to prevent and end homelessness.

This undertaking requires intense local collaboration among numerous agencies, shelters, and nonprofits. Most areas are still in need of volunteers.

To volunteer in Curry County, contact Jo Zimmer at jozimmer@comcast.net or 541-704-5360.