Kaufman County is gearing up to take part in a coordinated effort to measure homelessness across Texas.

On Thursday, Jan. 23, the Kaufman County Homeless Coalition, in association with the Texas Homeless Network and volunteers from the community, will conduct Kaufman County’s first ever Point-in-Time (PIT) homeless count.

Over the course of the day, trained volunteers will count and survey individuals who are staying in emergency shelters, transitional housing, and unsheltered locations. The count will provide a “snapshot” of homelessness in Kaufman County.

It will indicate the minimum number of people experiencing homelessness in our community. Other forms of homelessness, such as people staying temporarily with friends, are not included in a PIT count.

“Our PIT Count will improve our understanding of the needs and circumstances of the people experiencing homelessness in our community,” organizers wrote. “The survey will provide us with key data on gender, age, ethnicity, veteran status and more.”

Results from the PIT count will be publicly available and used to improve the community’s response to homelessness. In the future, successive counts will allow the coalition s to measure progress towards its ultimate goal: ending homelessness in Kaufman County.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Bethany Thomas at info@kaufmancountyhomelesscoalition.org or (214) 554-5813.

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