2020 Point in Time Count

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Opening Doors Northwest Florida is looking for volunteers for the 2020 Point-In-Time Count on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020!


How many people are currently homeless in Escambia and Santa Rosa County? How many of them are families, youth, or veterans? How many are disabled? The answers to these questions and more are answered by the Opening Doors NWFL point-in-time counts. A point-in-time count is an unduplicated count on a single night of the people in a community who are experiencing homelessness that includes both sheltered and unsheltered populations.


Volunteers will be stationed at meal sites, day shelters, camps and events such as U-Count Homeless Connect throughout Escambia and Santa Rosa County       and will complete surveys of people experiencing homelessness. Point-In-Time Count Volunteers.

What is the Point In Time (PIT) Count? 

The PIT is a national, annual census and survey of the homeless population. The information collected during the PIT is used to help assess how we are doing as a community, and as a nation, to address the needs of people experiencing homelessness.


And what are my duties as a volunteer?

As a volunteer, you can join a survey team to collect data via a Mobile App survey tool or a paper form if you prefer not to use the App.


All volunteers will be paired with a Team Leader at your site location with assignments. Requirements: Friendly and compassionate personality, attention to detail, ability to fill out written survey documents and reliable transportation, as this survey is conducted in locations throughout Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.


Who can volunteer?

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to participate. Volunteers between the ages of 16 and 18 must be accompanied by a guardian.  


Where and What time can I volunteer?

Volunteer opportunities are available in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties. This event occurs throughout the day of January 22nd, so time frames will vary depending on the county and site location within the area.  You will have the option to choose your specific site and time slot on the registration form.  


Is Training Available?  Yes! 

Location: Opening Doors NWFL

1020 North New Warrington Road, Pensacola Florida 


January 3rd:   10:00 - 11:00 am 

January 7th:    5:30 - 6:30 pm 

January 17th: 10:00 - 11:00 am 

January 21st:  5:30 - 6:30 pm 


Training is mandatory for volunteers between the ages of 16 and 18.


Training will provide you with an overview of the PIT count and review the mobile App survey tool and paper survey we utilize to collect the required information needed to complete our annual census. 


We will also review best practices and safety precautions to ensure that our volunteers are comfortable out in the field.


How can I volunteer?

Send your email information to [email protected]  or call 850-741-4616 to receive a registration form.


When is the official Point In Time Count?

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020