Homeless Count Begins Today!
January 24, 2017
Beginning at 3 p.m. today, more than 150 volunteers will spread out through Jackson County, MO and Wyandotte County, KS to get an updated count of the number of homeless men, women, teens and children in our community.
The 2017 Greater Kansas City Point in Time homeless count, a federally mandated survey, will be conducted from 3-9:30 p.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 24) and from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 25).
Point-in-Time (PIT) counts are unduplicated counts of both sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons and are conducted nationwide by Continuums of Care. The data help determine the prevalence and characteristics of persons experiencing homelessness. Here in Greater Kansas City, trained volunteers will take to the streets, shelters, outdoor camps, churches, libraries, soup kitchens and many other locations to conduct one-on-one PIT surveys.
“Knowing the number and nature of persons who are homeless and understanding the trends can help Kansas City as a community better understand the scope of the problem, improve homeless system efficiency, target scarce resources strategically, and promote effective interventions,” said Evelyn E. Craig, president and CEO of reStart and PIT Committee co-chair.
For the first time this year, volunteers will collect the data electronically; Kansas City is one of only a few cities nationwide using the electronic survey.
“The ICA PIT Portal includes web-enabled, customizable data collection tools created by Institute for Community Alliances specifically to support communities in conducting their homeless-related point-in-time and housing inventory counts. The Greater Kansas City continuum of care is one of the earliest adopters of these cutting edge instruments, striving to ensure the most efficient, comprehensive and high-quality data collection possible during the HUD-required surveys,” said Kristine Frakes, director of community impact for the Institute for Community Alliances.
Communities like Kansas City that receive federal Continuum of Care (CoC) dollars are required to complete the PIT count. The required information is sent to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and combined with count information from other communities and then reported to the United States Congress in order to inform policy-making and funding allocation.
For more information contact: Evelyn E. Craig Cell: 913.706.1469 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org