Friday April 19th, 2024 8:06PM

Gwinnett County to lead homeless population count initiative

By AccessWDUN Staff

Gwinnett County will serve as the lead coordinating agency for the 2024 Homeless Point-in-Time Count in their community efforts to end homelessness.

Every other year, Continuums of Care countrywide are tasked with taking account of the homeless population on one night in January to get a snapshot of homelessness in their respective communities, officials said Wednesday.

As a requirement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Continuums of Care groups plan, coordinate and execute a count of the unsheltered, as well as those sheltered in emergency shelters, transitional housing and safe havens, according to county contact Deborah Tuff.

“The PIT Count provides us with vital data that is imperative for our strategic planning efforts to end homelessness in Gwinnett,” Housing and Community Development Division Director Matt Elder said. “It’s also an opportunity for volunteers to witness and better understand what homelessness in Gwinnett looks like and some of the challenges these residents face.”

The 2024 PIT Count will be held overnight on Jan. 22, bringing together local officials, community partners and residents to volunteer.

Volunteers for the PIT Count will be placed into teams and paired with a police officer. They will then be provided with a list of sites to visit. Teams will be asked to conduct surveys with homeless individuals identified during their site visits, Tuff said.

To learn more about the 2024 PIT Count and register to volunteer, click here.

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