Annual homeless persons survey seeks volunteers
SNOHOMISH COUNTY — The annual Point-In-Time Homeless Count scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 23 is the county’s snapshot survey on homelessness, and it can use volunteer help in searching for people to interview.
Volunteers are asked to commit to a three-hour period during the count. They are also asked to come with respect and humility for the work. All training and materials will be provided.
To volunteer or for more information, please contact one of the area leads below:
• East County (including Snohomish and Monroe):
Michael Lorio, email@example.com, 360-794-1022
• Central County (including Everett): Dani Gentry: DaniG@ccsww.org, 425-374-6359
• North County: Nikki Rossiter, firstname.lastname@example.org, 425-347-6556 x278
• South County: Vicki Dorway, email@example.com, 425-626-1480
• Youth: Claire Petersen Claire.firstname.lastname@example.org, 425-259-5802 x129
Volunteer surveyors collect information about the current situations people are experiencing and their circumstances to homelessness. It is not intended as invasive.
Volunteers often are provided materials, such as socks and hand warmers, to offer to the people they encounter.
Part of the spread-out is to broadly search for people to speak with.
The count is a snapshot, and not comprehensive, but the results are forwarded to the federal government to bring back funding toward homelessness.
In the 2019 count, 599 individuals from 495 households reported they were unsheltered. Another 517 persons in 344 households reported being without a permanent place to stay and being temporarily housed in emergency shelter or transitional housing. There were 58 veterans and 476 chronically homeless individuals counted, and the age of homeless persons ranged from 11 days old to 87 years old.
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