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The Homeless Network of Yakima County

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Point In Time Survey
 
The purpose of the Yakima County Point in Time (PIT) Survey is to determine the number of unduplicated homeless individuals living in Yakima County on a given day. The Homeless Network of Yakima County reviews the results, identifies gaps in services, and develops and implements plans to close the gaps.
 
In recent years, the Point in Time Survey has also included staging areas to assist in the distribution of needed items and services to homeless individuals. In 2009, these staging areas were built on a national model called Project Homeless Connect. This addition assists the community in supporting and creating lasting solutions for homeless residents of Yakima County by providing easy access to services that support the transition of homeless individuals and families off the streets and into housing.
 
While the main goal of the Point in Time Survey is to determine the number of homeless individuals in Yakima County, the Project Homeless Connect component augmented this goal by doing the following:
 
  • Improving access to services and housing for homeless individuals and families;

 

  • Engaging and increasing the collaborative involvement of homeless consumers, businesses, the non-profit community, and individual volunteers to work together to create solutions to homelessness;

 

  • Improving the system of care by creating opportunities for collaboration and sharing of best practices among Yakima's homeless provider community;

 

  • Leveraging private, corporate, and foundation money and in-kind support to augment city efforts to increase housing options and build service capacity for homeless individuals and families.

 

For more information please view the 2012 Point in Time Survey Wrap-up Report by clicking here.