Help coordinate the annual point-in-time (PIT) count of individuals who are experiencing unsheltered homelessness across Maine!
What is the PIT Count? Every year the Maine Continuum of Care organizes an annual count in January of individuals experiencing homelessness in Maine. In 2019, on January 22nd, and 23rd through the 25th, volunteers are needed across Maine to make sure we get an accurate count.
Why does this count matter? The results of the annual PIT count help policy makers determine what states and communities need for money and programs to address homelessness. The Maine Continuum of Care is looking for energetic volunteers to help organize this effort in their own communities.
What does the Regional Outreach Lead do? The Regional Outreach Lead coordinates volunteers at the local or county level leading up to and during the PIT count. Making sure that every Mainer experiencing homelessness is counted and is not forgotten.
Expectations of Lead:
- Respond to interested community volunteers and coordinate volunteers throughout your assigned area. There is a role for anyone/everyone who is interested in the PIT Count/Homeless issue and you ensure that those seeking to volunteer are utilized in some capacity throughout the count and/or planning process, even if they are not used on the night of the count.
- Ensure that all volunteers in your area have received the Maine Housing PIT Count training and safety training. Provide follow up/additional support to volunteers throughout the planning and counting process.
- Respond to requests for volunteers, press releases and/or local media comments on homelessness in your community. The lead is expected to handle the calls in a manner which promotes community participation in the count and increases the public awareness of homelessness in our communities.
- Participate in a post-count after action review meeting, scheduled as part of the February monthly Resource Committee meeting that will occur immediately following the PIT count.