A Point-in-Time (PiT) Count is a strategy to help determine the extent of homelessness in a community on a given night, or at a single point in time. The PiT-Count is supported through the Government of Canada’s Reaching Home program as administered in Regina by Namerind Housing Corporation.
During the PiT-Count, volunteers are organized into groups of 2-3 individuals called Survey Teams. Survey Teams are lead by a Team Leader (someone that has experience working with vulnerable populations) and together with Survey Volunteers, they walk a route in a designated area or are assigned to patrol a high traffic area referred to as a Hot Spot for an allotted period of time. For further clarity, Hot Spots refer to high traffic locations like Tim Hortons on 4th Ave and Albert Street or McDonalds on Dewdney and Albert St, and not encampments and things of that nature. Whether you’re on a team walking an area or patrolling a hot spot, Survey Teams offer any and all citizens they see the opportunity to participate in an anonymous housing survey. Individuals that participate in the survey will receive a $5.00 honorarium gift card.
Each Survey Team is designated a Headquarters Volunteer that performs routine safety checks-ins. The effort will also require Supplies Runners that are willing to volunteer their time and vehicle to act as field liaisons between PiT-Count HQ and Survey Teams, dropping off extra supplies to Survey Teams if needed.