Volunteers needed to assist in annual homeless count in Ventura County

Community volunteers are needed for the annual count and survey of homeless persons in Ventura County. The 2020 Ventura County Homeless Count has been scheduled for Wednesday, January 29.

The annual Homeless Count is coordinated by the Ventura County Continuum of Care and County of Ventura, in partnership with community partners and cities.  The survey data will be collected through a mobile app called “Counting Us” by Simtech Solutions.  This data provides a Point-In-Time (PIT) “snapshot” as to what the homeless population in Ventura County looks like during a single day to help community leaders better understand who is homeless, why and for how long. The survey data helps our community gain access to state and federal funding, as well as determine the greatest priorities to prevent and end homelessness in Ventura County.

In order to conduct a full and accurate count, the Ventura County Continuum of Care is seeking 500 volunteers.  Volunteers are required to attend a training in their community in mid-January 2020 and will be paired up with another volunteer on the morning of the count to canvass areas seeking persons to survey.  Volunteers will be asked to download the free “Counting Us” app to their mobile device for data collection. Download the mobile app here: http://pointintime.info/.  Interested volunteers can register online at https://ventura.pointintime.info/.

For more information on volunteering, please contact Jennifer Harkey at 805-658-4342. For general inquiries on the Continuum of Care, contact Tara Carruth at 805-654-3838.


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