Annual Point In Time Homeless Count Thursday
People will be counting people on Thursday in Yakima.
The 17th annual Point In Time (PIT) Survey happens Thursday, January 23 in Yakima. The county has partnered with the Homeless Network of Yakima County to conduct the yearly census of homeless people.
A news release from the network says although the survey is anonymous, it does record information such as age, gender, ethnicity of household members, current homeless status, duration of homelessness, and factors contributing to the homelessness. That information is then used by local service providers to see what services, in addition to housing, are needed to help people regain their independence and become self-sufficient.
This year, volunteers will spread out across the county to conduct the survey. Three survey staging areas will be;
Henry Beauchamp Community Center located at 1211 South 7th St Yakima
Sunnyside Community Center located at 1521 S 1st Street Sunnyside, WA 98944
Yakama Nation Cultural Center located at 100 Spiel Yi Loop Toppenish, WA 98948
Along with the survey the Yakima, Sunnyside, and Toppenish survey sites will also host Project Homeless Connect to provide a one-stop shop of health and human services for homeless. Services include medical, mental health, substance abuse, housing, dental, benefits, legal, free eyeglasses, ID, food, clothing, and more.