Point in Time (PiT) is a national one-night count, that takes place every January, of all people experiencing homelessness. The goal of the count is to reach out to both unsheltered and sheltered persons who are currently experiencing homelessness. This includes people sleeping on the streets, in vehicles, parks or camps, and other places not meant for human habitation.
The count will take place on Thursday, January 25 from 4:00pm to midnight.
The Yellowstone County Continuum of Care (CoC) coordinates the PiT Count in Yellowstone County.
The CoC is seeking volunteers to help administer PiT surveys at meal sites, daytime and overnight shelters, other known locations, and targeted neighborhoods.
All volunteers will meet in the parking lot of HRDC at 7 N. 31 st St. at 4:00pm for a brief orientation before being paired up in teams and receiving assignments for the night. Volunteers will be paired into teams of two to complete a basic survey with individuals experiencing homelessness. Volunteer teams will be equipped with care packages to provide as an incentive to people who complete the survey.
To Volunteer email Kody Christensen at Kody@downtownbillings.com
Volunteer Time Commitment:
- Volunteers will be required to do a short online training and survey to complete to be eligible to volunteer.
- A minimum of three (3) hours is requested with various shifts available between 4pm and 12:00am.
- Must be over the age of 18
- Participate in an online training session before the night of the PiT Count
- Attend an in-person orientation the night of the PiT Count
- Availability the night of January 25, 2023 for a 3+ hour shift
- Accurately and carefully collect data and keep information confidential
- Respectfully and conscientiously work with people from a diversity of backgrounds
- Maintain personal safety while collecting data (travel in pairs)
- Manage incentives for people who complete the survey