Volunteer for the 2022 County of San Luis Obispo Point-in-Time (PIT) Count on January 26th
Q: What is the Point-In-Time (PIT) Count?
A: The PIT count is a count of sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness on a single night in January. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires Continuum of Cares (CoCs) to conduct a PIT count at least every 2 years during the last 10 days of January. Each count is planned, coordinated, and carried out locally.
Q: Why is the PIT Count important?
A: We can’t understand homelessness if we don’t understand the scope of the problem. The PIT count allows policymakers to increase awareness of the problem and secure resources that will lead to the reduction of homelessness.
Nationally, the PIT count informs the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress letting our policymakers know the extent of the problem.
Locally, the PIT count helps our county plan services to appropriately address local needs and track progress.
Q: How can you help?
A: Every two years in late January, we engage volunteers to help count the number of people who are unsheltered and living outdoors. The 2022 PIT count will be conducted on the morning of January 26th, 2022.
This year, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working to ensure maximum safety for all participants. This means that the upcoming PIT count will look different than past years, including a shift to virtual trainings, limited volunteer team size, plenty of pre-count communication and planning, and virtual deployment.
To volunteer for the 2022 PIT count on the morning of January 26th, 2022, please click on the link below:
Any questions, please email [email protected]
Community Connection Events - Postponed Until Further Notice Due to Pandemic
The Department of Social Services and Veteran Services host a community outreach event twice a year regionally in San Luis Obispo County.
The Community Connection Outreach Event excels in connecting the most vulnerable population of San Luis Obispo County to vital resources. At our one-stop shop event we will link participants to difficult-to-obtain services including health care, behavioral health, employment assistance, legal assistance, and much more.
Community Connection Outreach Events are postponed until further notice, due to the COVID pandemic.
Are you an interested Community Member/Organization? How You Can Help . . .
Volunteer at a Warming Center in SLO County
Warming centers depend on volunteers to help staff the centers and several warming centers around the county are seeking volunteers to help provide a warm, dry place for people who are homeless. Warming centers in SLO County include:
- South County Warming Center in Grover Beach. Please call the 5Cities Homeless Coalition for more information at (805) 574-1638.
- Prado Center in San Luis Obispo. Please call (805) 786-0617.
- Atascadero Warming Center. Please email Mary Lipscomb at [email protected]
Local Agency Volunteer Opportunities
Stand Strong https://standstrongnow.org/volunteer/
Food Bank/Glean SLO http://www.gleanslo.org/volunteer.php
Paso Cares https://www.volunteerslo.org/agency/detail/?agency_id=45847
Family Care Network https://fcni.org/be-the-difference
Los Osos Cares https://www.losososcares.com/
If you would like to be added to this page please contact Russ Francis at [email protected]