Stand Up and Be Counted – Volunteers Needed
The Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County seeks volunteers to assist in the
2013 homeless point-in-time (PIT) count. Two count nights in January have been
designated: Tuesdays, January 22 and 29, 2013. Training for volunteers will be offered on
Tuesday January 15, 2013 at designated staging areas across Houston, Harris County and
Fort Bend County and teams will be deployed by 5:30 P.M. and remain out until the assigned
territory is completed or until 11:30 P.M.
The point-in-time count is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD) for the local Continuum of Care funding process which brought over
$23,000,000 to the Houston, Harris County and Fort Bend County homeless assistance
programs in the FY2011 application process. This funding provides transitional housing,
permanent supportive housing and supportive services to our communities to assist
homeless persons and families toward housing stability and self-sufficiency and provides
homeless person with greater self-determination.
Each staging area will have highly trained volunteer Captains and Co-Captains who will be
available throughout the night for questions and assistance during the count. There will be at
least four people per team: one driver, one navigator and two counters. A map, with grid, will
be provided to each team to follow along with a lighting devise, clipboard and all necessary
Each team will have at least one homeless services person or formerly homeless person who
is familiar with the population being counted and to ensure the safety of the team.
For additional information and/or questions, please contact: