Point-In-Time Count Numbers Are In

Julie Happy, 509.625.7773

Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 10 a.m.

The Community, Housing and Human Services team will present the Point-In-Time Count results at the Public Safety & Community Health Committee Meeting on Monday April 9. The meeting runs from 10:30 a.m. till 12 p.m. and is open to the public. The Point-In-Time Count presentation will be toward the latter half of the meeting. No public testimony will be taken and discussion will be limited to appropriate officials and staff. Following the meeting, the City will host a briefing to review the Point-In-Time numbers and answer questions.

The Point-in-Time Count is a snapshot census of people experiencing certain categories of homelessness in the Spokane community. The count includes people who, on the night of the count, are:

  • Sheltered (living in emergency shelters or transitional housing) or
  • Unsheltered (staying out of doors or places not designed for habitation including vehicles, streets, parks and abandoned buildings)

Point-in-Time Count data is used to complete grant applications and reports required by state and federal homeless service funders. The information also supports strategic planning for the allocation of resources that most effectively meet community needs. The City is the first in the northwest and the third in the nation to utilize a new technology for counting those experiencing homelessness. This new technology has provided a more thorough understanding of those experiencing homelessness within our community.