Volunteer for “Point in Time” count re: Arcata House Partnership

Arcata House Partnership is organizing the Homeless Point in Time Count for Arcata this year. Jessie Drucker is their organizer. This survey helps us understand homeless in our local area and garner support for the provision of additional services.

Volunteers are needed.

The count with be the morning of Tuesday, February 28th. Volunteers will be require to attend a survey training. We have scheduled training on:

2/15 6:00-7:00PM @ the Arcata House Annex 501 9th St, Arcata

2/16 4:00-5:00PM @ the McKinleyville Family Resource Center, 1450 Hiller Rd. McKinleyville

2/17 10:00-11:00PM @ the Arcata House Annex 501 9th St. Arcata

If you cannot attend one of these trainings but want to volunteer please contact us as additional times may be scheduled.

Volunteers will work in pairs to survey a designated area. They should be comfortable moving moderate distances. We want all interested parties to be able to take part. As such, should you have any concerns about how your mobility will affect your ability to get involved please just contact us.

This is a wonderful opportunity to get involved in your local community while gaining skills that will be valuable to many social service agencies. Should you have any questions, or can volunteer, please email us:

jdrucker.ahp@gmail.com.  Contact DHHS Secretary Wendy Choate, 707-441-5520 if you would like to count in other cities or areas of the county.

From Edie Jessup: I am coordinating a ‘sub-hub’ in Manila. This is an important way to get to know local homeless issues, and help clarify needs of a large homeless population.

HUD (Housing and Urban Development) working definition of homelessness in the HUD PIT Methodology Guide:

“For unsheltered homeless people, CoCs are instructed to count all adults, children, and unaccompanied youth sleeping in places not meant for human habitation, which include: Streets, parks, alleys, parking ramps, parts of the highway system, transportation depots and other parts of transportation systems (e.g., subway tunnels, railroad cars), all-night commercial establishments (e.g., movie theaters, laundromats, restaurants), abandoned buildings, building roofs or stairwells, chicken coops and other farm outbuildings, caves, campgrounds, vehicles, and other similar places. (2004 CoC application)” (pg 9).

Of course, the unspecified part is “other similar places”. They also write,

“Chronically homeless persons who do not use shelters regularly sleep outdoors, in abandoned buildings, at transportation hubs, in tent cities or shanty-type constructions, or in other places not meant for human habitation. Others with no home elsewhere may be living in cars, trucks, or RVs, parking where they will not be noticed. Still others may alternate between hotel or motel rooms when they can afford them and their cars or the streets when they cannot.”

The count is important, and is key to potential funding for homeless services.

Edie Jessup

ediejessup@gmail.com

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