On Thursday, outreach workers across the country attempted to count every homeless person in their respective communities. The count, known as the Point-in-Time Count, is conducted annually by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The count is intended to provide an accurate estimate of the number of homeless people in the United States. It is also used to help allocate federal funds for homeless services and housing.
Outreach workers hit the streets early in the morning, armed with clipboards and questionnaires. They visited shelters, soup kitchens, and other locations where homeless people congregate. They also went door-to-door in neighborhoods known to have high concentrations of homeless people.
The outreach workers asked questions about the individuals’ age, gender, and other demographic information. They also asked questions about the individuals’ housing situation and how long they had been homeless.
The outreach workers also provided homeless people with information about available services and resources. Many of the outreach workers are homeless themselves, so they are able to relate to the people they are trying to help.
The Point-in-Time Count is an important tool for understanding the scope of homelessness in the United States. It helps inform policy decisions and allows outreach workers to target their efforts to the people who need it most.
Though the count is an important step, it is only the first step in addressing homelessness. Outreach workers and other advocates are working to create lasting solutions to end homelessness. Until then, outreach workers will continue to count every homeless person in their community.