City of Spokane needs volunteers for homelessness survey

The City of Spokane is preparing to conduct surveys of people experiencing homelessness, and they need volunteers to help.

The surveys will take place during the Point-in-Time (PIT) count, between January 24–30. Volunteers are asked to work a four-hour shift in this timeframe.

The City is looking for volunteers to conduct surveys of people experiencing homelessness. Volunteers will complete a 4 hour shift during the Point-in-Time count timeframe of Jan. 24-30. #EverybodyCounts #SpoKind
For registration and training info visit �https://t.co/YTnxzYwXsw

— City of Spokane (@SpokaneCity) December 17, 2019

The PIT Count is a federal survey that comes as a result of the Homeless Housing and Assistance Act of 2005, the purpose being to “obtain a snapshot census” of Spokane’s homeless population – this includes people who are sheltered and unsheltered.

The census helps the City determine more than simply how many people are homeless; it also details who is homeless, why they are homeless and what barriers they face to pull themselves out of homelessness.

For volunteers, a two-hour training session is required – where they will learn how to engage with people, and also complete surveys on a mobile app.

Training sessions are listed as follows:

Returning volunteers:

December 17, 1-2 p.m. at Downtown Library, Conference Room 1A
January 14, 4-5 p.m. at Northeast Community Center
New volunteers:

January 8, 3-5 p.m. at West Central Community Center, Newton Lounge

For more information, including registration, visit Spokane’s Point-in-Time Count page here.