Unsheltered Point-In-Time Count
a.k.a. "Homeless Count"
Point-In-Time Counts (PITC) are coordinated at the state level by the Missouri Balance of State Continuum of Care. This page give extensive information about the count from that group.
Johnson County Cares conducts the unsheltered PITC for Johnson County once a year on the last Wednesday of January. The unsheltered count includes homeless individuals and families who are living on the streets, in cars, parks or other places not meant for human habitation. Information collected will be entered into a secure web-based database.
The next unsheltered PITC in Johnson County is Wednesday, January 29, 2020.
From January 30 through February 4, 2020, local social service agencies will collect data from families and individuals they serve regarding their accommodations on the night of January 29 an enter it into the web-based database.
Agency representatives, complete this short Google Form to be the point of contact at your agency.
During the day on January 29 and 30, volunteers will staff specific locations in the Warrensburg/Johnson County area to attempt to interact with homeless individuals, collect information if possible, and provide hygiene/snack kits. Volunteers must provide a web-enabled device to enter information into the web-based database.
On the night of January 29, from 7:00-9:00 PM, volunteers will canvass specific locations in the Warrensburg/Johnson County area to attempt to interact with homeless individuals, collect information if possible, and provide hygiene/snack kits. Volunteers must provide a web-enabled device to enter information into the web-based database.
Volunteers are needed for both portions of the Street Count. Youth 14 and older may volunteer with a parent or guardian. For the night portion of the Street Count, volunteers should wear weather-appropriate clothing and shoes, and bring their own flashlight and a web-enabled device to enter information into the web-based database.
ALL volunteers must sign a confidentiality/liability release, which will be provided during trainings, or may be downloaded here. Forms must be signed and submitted to PITC County Lead Brandie Estes (firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 29.
Complete this Google Form to register as a 2020 PITC volunteer.
Four trainings are available:
Wednesday, January 15 at 10:00 AM: Webinar with MHDC (Missouri Housing Development Commission); click here to register.
Wednesday, January 15 at 2:00 PM: Webinar with MHDC (Missouri Housing Development Commission); click here to register.
Friday, January 17, from 9:00-9:30 AM: immediately after the regular Johnson County Cares meeting, held at the Jack Moore Community Room (100 S. Holden St. in Warrensburg). Bring web-enabled device.
Wednesday, January 29, from 6:30-7:00 PM: immediately before the Street Count, this training is exclusively for those joining in the Street Count that evening. Held at the Jack Moore Community Room (100 S. Holden St. in Warrensburg). Bring web-enabled device.
Attendance at a training is required for anyone who has not previously used the web-based form for the PITC.
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Why We Count
1. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that each Continuum of Care (CoC) perform a Point-in-Time Count of all its sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals and families. The count is necessary for the CoC funding application along with other non-HUD funding sources. Performing the count is important to obtain current and accurate data on the number and characteristics of homeless individuals and families. This information influences policy, program planning, and justifies funding requests.
2. To reach and serve those in our county in need of assistance.
For details about past PITC, including numbers of people dealing with homelessness in our county, go to https://www.moboscoc.org/point-in-time-count.
For more information about the PITC contact County Lead Brandie Estes at email@example.com.