The Point-In-Time Count is a 24-hour period once a year where communities across the nation obtain a snapshot of those experiencing homelessness. This year, the count will be conducted on Jan. 27, and is being overseen in Lamar County by the Red River Valley Homeless Coalition.
On the day of the count, they will conduct two separate counts. One will capture the total number of unsheltered individuals; those living on the street, their car, or other place not meant for habitation, while the second will capture sheltered individuals; those living in a homeless shelter.
In order to ensure the most accurate numbers are captured, volunteers will be needed to help canvas and set up at a handful of pop-up sites.
Anyone interested in helping, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A planning meeting will be Tuesday, Jan 10 at 2 p.m. CitySquare has offered the use of their conference room, at 2515 Bonham St. in Paris.
All volunteers will need to attend a training on Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Paris Public Library, 326 S. Main St. Any volunteers who are unable to attend on this date, may be able to schedule a separate training by contacting Red River Valley Homeless Coalition President, Shelly Braziel at the above email address.
The Red River Valley Homeless Coalition receives no funding as a result of conducting this count, nor do they have any funds for the count itself.
“We rely solely on our members and other volunteers to conduct the count, and we capture these numbers simply to help us and other non-profits better serve our community,” Braziel said.