The annual One Night Count of people who are homeless in King County is happening tomorrow morning from 2am – 5am. This will be the 30th year that the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness (SKCCH – pronounced “skitch”) and Operation Nightwatch have organized volunteers to see how many of our neighbors are homeless and without shelter.
- A survey of emergency shelter and transitional housing providers. Staff provide a written summary about who is staying in their programs or facilities on that night. Staff from the King County Community Services Division, Homeless Housing Program coordinate the survey.
- A street count of people who are homeless and without shelter and staying outside or in vehicles or makeshift shelters. Volunteers go out with trained team leaders to pre-arranged areas in parts of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Shoreline, Kenmore, Bothell, Woodinville, Kent, Federal Way, Renton, Auburn, and White Center.
How does the count work? Teams of Count Volunteers will meet at 2:45 am at Seattle Mennonite Church (3120 NE 125th St., Seattle WA 98125) and go out with trained team leaders to pre-arranged areas. Teams ride “Night Owl” buses, and collect information from area hospitals, the Sobering Center, and Tent Cities. (via Shoreline blog)
For more information, please see the SKCCH web site (which appears to be down right now) or call SKCCH Executive Director, Alison Eisinger, at 206-357-3148.
Beyond the ONC
What: BEYOND the ONE NIGHT COUNT: a free and fun advocacy 101 workshop and local issue briefing.
Where: St. James Cathedral in Seattle
When: February 6, 10am – 12pm
Cost: FREE. Please pre-register by calling (206) 357-3149 or sending a message to BONC@homelessinfo.org
In January 2009, there were at least 2,827 men, women, and children without overnight shelter in King County. In total, 8,961 people were homeless in King County during our 2009 One Night Count: sleeping on mats in church basements, staying in transitional housing programs, or wrapped in blankets trying to keep warm outside.
Beyond the One Night Count workshops are one way that concerned people can carry that work forward all year to make a real difference.
- The New Pioneer Square- One Night Count 2010 results – Blog Title
- The New Pioneer Square- Beyond the One Night Count – Blog Title
- The New Pioneer Square- Each Person Counts: Help Fight Homelessness – Blog Title