The annual Point-In-Time (PIT) homeless count is required by HUD for every community in the county and serves as a static count of the number of people experiencing homelessness. It is the principle means for gauging the need for homeless assistance resources both nationally and here in Ramsey County community. The results of the PIT Count directly impact the amount of funding dedicated to serving people experiencing homelessness in Ramsey County.
The unsheltered homeless PIT, counting those sleeping in places not meant for human habitation, or who may be doubled-up/couch-hopping, is scheduled for the night of January 23rd (those homeless at sundown on January 23rd into the sunrise on January 24th). Ramsey County, in partnership with Heading Home Ramsey, is currently recruiting volunteers to assist with the unsheltered homeless count. We need our community's help to ensure we are able to represent our county's homelessness response need. Count locations and times are available from January 24th to January 31st.
To anonymously collect general demographic and income information, we conduct a brief (5-10 minute) survey/interview with each person who reports experiencing homelessness the night of January 23rd through homeless outreach teams and volunteer teams. People interested in volunteering can sign up via the survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019RamseyPIT by Monday, January 21st.
Training is provided online via ICA's website at https://hmismn.org/point-in-time-count and/or by attending an in-person training on Friday, January 18th from 3:30pm - 5pm at Rondo Library in St. Paul.
For more information regarding the PIT Count, please contact the Continuum of Care (CoC) Coordinator, Loni Aadalen, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org