The annual Homeless Count in Hillsborough County is coordinated by the Tampa/Hillsborough County Continuum of Care (CoC), led by the Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative in conjunction with community partners. The data, collected through a short survey and observation during the Homeless Count, provides a Point-In-Time (PIT) ‘snapshot’ as to what the homeless population in our community looks like during a single, 24-hour period to help community planners better understand, through demographic information, who is homeless, why, and for how long.
On the day of the homeless count, Thursday, February 22, 2018, pre-registered trained volunteers will meet at their selected deployment site for their selected shifts. Teams of 3-4 people will be formed with each team given a mapped area to canvas. The map includes plotted locations, including encampments, parks, alleys, underpasses, meal and service locations where homeless people have been previously encountered/observed over the past 12 months. Each team is then deployed to canvas their assigned mapped area, using the plotted locations as starting points. Team members will conduct the PIT Count Survey with homeless persons they meet during their canvassing. Whenever possible, the volunteer team will include at least one person with experience working with homeless people and/or past count volunteer experience.
Deployment sites - Brandon, Downtown Tampa, Plant City, Town & Country, Ruskin, University area, Westshore, and West Tampa.
Three shifts are available at the above locations: 6am-11am, 9am-2pm, 6pm-10pm (may vary by site).
**Youth volunteers ages 16 & 17 are only able to register up for the 5pm-10pm shift at the Ybor City location, which will be listed through the THHI website.
**Volunteer training is required. To register for this event, you MUST register directly through the below THHI website after you sign-up through HandsOn. By also signing up through HandsOn, we can track how many of our volunteers were able to join the project. The link to register is: