This year, the Point-in-Time (PIT) count of people who are experiencing homelessness is on January 25. Human service providers, county staff, and community volunteers will join together in this effort to respectfully count the number of families and individuals who are homeless in our community. The results of the count will help ensure that vital federal and state funding continues to come into the community to fight homelessness. Data from the annual count is also used to help understand how widespread homelessness is in Pierce County and who is most affected.
The Point-In-Time Count is only a count of who is homeless at one particular time. By itself, the PIT is not a predictor of how many people will be homeless or receive housing resources throughout the rest of the year. But when used along with other data, the county can help paint a picture of the need and how well the community is doing in efforts to address the problem of homelessness. Priorities for state and national funding and planning for local programs and systems are based on Point-in-Time data.
We need donations. Donations are given to anyone who is experiencing homelessness on the night of the PIT, and provides a starting point for the conversation to complete the survey. We are accepting donations until January 23, 2019. Items needed:
- Hygiene Kits: Shampoo, Conditioner, Soaps, Razors, Deodorant, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Feminine Products
- Warm Blankets/Space Blankets
- First Aid Kits
- Hand and Foot Warmers
- Packaged Foods: Granola Bars, Bottled Water, etc.
Drop off donations to ANY Pierce County Library, or one of the locations below:
Lakewood Community Center
9112 Lakewood Drive SW, #121 Lakewood, WA
Open Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM
Pierce County Human Services - Soundview Office
3602 Pacific Ave. Tacoma, WA
Open Monday-Friday, 9AM-4PM
Drop off at front desk
Share and Care House
702 23rd Ave. SE Puyallup, WA
Open Monday-Friday, 9AM-3PM
Drop off through orange door
*Please ask for FLASH staff
1701 Elm Street E. Sumner, WA
Open Fridays, 8AM-4PM
Here is a flyer for you to share with others. We appreciate your help!
And if you are interested in volunteering to count folks please become a volunteer here: I Want to Be a Volunteer