How To Conduct Counts

How To Conduct Counts

Honoraria are tokens that acknowledge the time and contributions donated by research participants. Communities that conduct Point-in-Time Counts offer honoraria to participants, including money, gift cards, granola bars, backpacks, clothing, blankets, and other items detailed in this paper. The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness has previously commented...
The National Alliance to End Homelessness and the National Network for Youth, along with communities across the country, is strongly committed to improving knowledge on the size and nature of youth homelessness – knowledge that is necessary to solve the problem.  A critical first step is to ensure that homeless youth are included in all homeless counts....
How to engage the media Here are the steps that the National Alliance to End Homelessness recommends you take when you release your PIT Count Data Send out a press release announcing a decline or increase in homelessness in your community, and connecting this to current policy asks. Contact your local paper and propose an op-ed to run at the same time as...
Conventional strategies for counting individuals based on households do not apply to the homeless. The homeless are a transient, mobile, and elusive population, although they tend to aggregate for short periods in places such as shelters, soup kitchens, medical services, and drop-in centres. Carrying out counts in these types of locations requires...
This guide describes recommended methods for collecting data on sheltered homeless populations, that is, homeless persons residing in emergency shelter or transitional housing. It is a companion to HUD’s Guide to Counting Unsheltered Homeless People and Calculating Unmet Need for Homeless Individuals and Families. By giving CoCs the tools they need to...
Since 2003, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care Application has required communities to do point-in-time counts of the people who are homeless (sheltered and unsheltered) every 2 years in the last week of January. The next count will be held in January 2009.  This audio conference provides national and local...
This document provides information on point-in-time count methods, challenges, and best practices.  It also outlines South Carolina’s approach, a strategy from Georgia, and a tool to help communities choose the best approach based on local considerations.
Counting the homeless has proven to be a arduous task. Since the early 1980s American activists, government officials and social researchers have produced estimates of the size of the homeless population which have ranged anywhere from 250,000 to three million or more. (Jencks, 1994; Burt, 1992; Cordray & Pion, 1991) Needless to say, this wide range of...
A set of questions and answers makes up this document all pertaining to the street counting of homeless people, what it is, how it is done, when, where, and with whom. Summary Credit: Homelessness-Related Research Capacities in Alberta: A Comprehensive Environmental Scan, prepared by Dr. Katharina Kovacs Burns, MSc, MHSA, PhD and Dr. Solina Richter, PhD, RN...
This guide describes several methods for identifying, counting, and learning something about homeless people who are unlikely to be found in shelters or in other residential programs within a local homeless assistance network. Collecting good baseline data about this subpopulation is essential to understanding the causes of homelessness and to designing...

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