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 2021 count, consider volunteering with COVO or one of the partner agencies below.
Download the PIT Almost here 2020 flyer for more information.
Items and Cash donations
We are in need of some donations of supplies for both the upcoming PIT Count and for individuals accessing the cold weather shelters across the region.
Below is a list of items needed:
- Twin sheets
- Hand/Toe Warmers
- First Aid Kits/Band-Aids
- Cough drops
- Reflective gear
- Hats, gloves, socks(!)
- Ear plugs
Financial Donations are also greatly appreciated. Checks can be made out to
NeighborImpact with a memo or designation to: HLC Warming Shelter or PIT Count and mailed to: 20310 NW Empire Ave. Suite A100, Bend, OR 97703
Donations can be dropped off at NeighborImpact office in Bend at: 63140 Britta St. Suite D105
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