As in previous years, COVO will be participating in Central Oregon’s 2019 Point-in-Time (PIT) Count as a partner agency.
WHAT is the PIT Count all about?
In order to fund services for the following year, it’s important to get an idea of how many people are actually homeless. The PIT Count is a way to get an accurate understanding of the degree of homelessness here in Bend, Redmond, LaPine and outlying areas. It is *not* a way to track individuals nor to find and report transient camps to law enforcement or agencies.
The department of Housing and Urban Development provides funding for different housing programs, and must base that funding on data. It is in an effort to collect this data that agencies, volunteers, and other community partners throughout Central Oregon come together to conduct the PIT Count.
WHO should be counted?
The count of people experiencing homelessness on a single night in January includes persons who are:
- Sleeping outside
- Staying in a shelter or emergency housing
- Staying in a hotel or motel that’s paid for by an agency or program
- Living in a vehicle, tent, camper, RV (with no hook ups), or abandoned building
- Living in a trailer, barn, shed or garage on a relative’s or friend’s property
- Temporarily living with relatives, friends, or others, or couch-surfing
In addition to the HUD requirements, the Central Oregon PIT Count also counts those who are at-risk of homelessness. For people who are under-sheltered or not stably sheltered, there are some additional questions about causes of homelessness, ability to access healthcare, and more.
How can I help?
The PIT Count is generally conducted by existing agency volunteers and staff members. All counting members must attend training, so if you would like to be involved in the 2020 count, consider volunteering with COVO or one of the partner agencies below.
Bethlehem Inn, Cascade Youth & Family Center, Deschutes County Behavioral Health, FAN, Project HELP, THRIVE, Grandma’s House, ICON City, NeighborImpact, Saving Grace, St. Vincent’s, Shepard’s House, Mosaic Medical.