The Kitsap County 2020 Point-In-Time Count program is seeking volunteers to gather information about homeless individuals living in the county as of January 2020. (Bainbridge Island Review)

The Kitsap County 2020 Point-In-Time Count program is seeking volunteers to gather information about homeless individuals living in the county as of January 2020. (Bainbridge Island Review)

Point-In-Time Count volunteers being sought

Helpers ‘from all walks of life’ will receive training to count homeless residents

PORT ORCHARD — Registration is open for volunteers wishing to participate in the annual Kitsap County Point-In-Time Count, which is an effort from Jan. 21-24 to account for people living without homes.

Kitsap County’s Department of Human Services Housing and Homelessness Division is joined with the Kitsap Housing and Homelessness Coalition to conduct the count. No experience is necessary to participate. Those interested can find out more at kcowa.us/kitsap-pit.

The two organizations are inviting citizens from all walks of life who want to help alleviate homelessness to take part. Training will be provided to those who participate. The deadline for volunteer registration is Jan. 5.

Basic data collected during the annual count is used to provide local, state and federal government funders about the scope of homelessness in Kitsap County. The data is used to channel funding and other resources to local communities and help people exit homelessness.

Volunteers will help gather information about homelessness in their community. Here’s the schedule for the Point-In-Time Count campaign:

Tuesday, Jan.21

8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Poulsbo Project Connect

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Food banks; 4-6 p.m., Evening meals.

Wednesday, Jan. 22

8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Bremerton Project Connect

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Food banks

5-7 p.m.: Evening meals

Thursday, Jan. 23

6-10 a.m.: Outreach (NK, SK, CK, Bremerton)

8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Port Orchard Project Connect

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Food banks

5-6 p.m.: Evening meals

Friday, Jan. 24

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Food banks

5-6 p.m.: Evening meals

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