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C.O. 'Point in Time' homeless count to begin Jan. 25

Biennial count part of nationwide effort

BEND, Ore. - The Homeless Leadership Coalition will be kicking off the biennial Point-In-Time Count in Central Oregon on Wednesday, January 25.

This event is a count of people who are homeless or in transitional housing in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties. The count is a part of a state and national effort to identify the number of people struggling to find appropriate and adequate housing. 

During the last week of January, there is a nationwide effort to count every homeless person across the country.

This Point-in-Time count attempts to capture both sheltered and unsheltered homeless people to provide a snapshot of homelessness in the United States. Volunteers across the region conduct a street count of people considered to be unsheltered, meaning they are living outside, and collect data on the homeless population living in emergency shelters and transitional housing.

In addition to the total number of sheltered and unsheltered homeless people, information is gathered on a wide range of characteristics of the homeless population including age, gender, race, ethnicity, veteran status, and disability status.

"Starting on Thursday, January 25th, volunteers will be conducting confidential and anonymous surveys in Bend, La Pine, Sisters, Redmond, Prineville and Madras," said Molly Taroli, Pacific Source's CCO project coordinator and HLC chairperson.

"This count will provide the most up-to-date information about the number of individuals in Central Oregon who are struggling to find adequate housing. Through this data, local agencies and programs will be able to better target support services and develop comprehensive plans to address poverty and homelessness in Central Oregon."

Individuals and families counted through this effort include people living in:

    Weekly motels

    Shelters

    Transitional housing

    "Doubled up" with other families

    Camping or sleeping in cars

    Other places not designed for human habitation  

Counts will be taking place on January 25th, 26th, and 27th, depending on location.

Command center sites include:

    Bend Church Drop In

        680 NW Bond Street in Bend                                             

        Wednesday, January 25th              7:00am - 1:00pm

    Family Kitchen

        231 NW Idaho Avenue in Bend

        Wednesday, January 25th              10:00am - 6:30pm

    Mosaic Medical

        2084 NE Professional Court in Bend

        Wednesday, January 25th              8:00am - 5:00pm

    Rimrock Outpatient

        63360 NW Britta Street in Bend

        Wednesday, January 25th              8:00am - 5:00pm

    Department of Health and Human Services

        1300 NW Wall Street in Bend

        Wednesday, January 25th              10:00am - 3:00pm

    The Giving Plate

        1245 SE 3rd Street, C7 in Bend

        Thursday, January 26th                   10:00am - 4:00pm

    La Pine Community Health Clinic

        51600 Huntington Road in La Pine

        Wednesday, January 25th              12:00pm - 5:00pm

        Thursday, January 26th                   9:00am - 5:00pm

        Friday, January 27th                          9:00am - 5:00pm

    Saint Vincent De Paul

        51484 Morson Street in La Pine

        Wednesday, January 25th              9:00am - 3:00pm

        Thursday, January 26th                    9:00am - 3:00pm

    La Pine Community Kitchen

        16480 Finley Butte Road in La Pine

        Lunch served 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Care n' Share, Sunriver Food Bank

        Sunriver Business Park in Sunriver

        Friday, January 27th                          3:00pm - 5:00pm

    Madras Christian Church

        115 SE C Street in Madras

        Wednesday, January 25th              7:00am - 7:00pm

        Lunch served                                     10:00am to 2:00pm

    Kiwanis Food Bank

        225 N Oak Street in Sisters

        Wednesday, January 25th              9:00am - 2:00pm

    Saint Vincent DePaul

        1616 SW Veterans Way  in Redmond

        Wednesday, January 25th              10:00am - 2:00pm

    House of Hope

        724 SW 14th Street in Redmond

        Wednesday, January 25th              12:00 pm - 4:30pm

The Point in Time Count organizing committee will be adding additional times and locations, including Crook County locations, as the dates get closer.


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