How many people are currently homeless in Gwinnett County? How many of them are families, youth, seniors, or veterans? Volunteers are needed to conduct surveys January 29-31 to answer those questions. The Point-In-Time (PIT) count begins January 28, but all the volunteer times for that day are filled.
The PIT count aims to calculate the number of individuals and families experiencing homelessness on any given night in Gwinnett County. The count records the number of individuals staying in shelters and transitional housing and estimates the number of individuals who are unsheltered — sleeping outdoors, in parks, on the street, in vehicles, abandoned buildings, under bridges, and other places not meant for human habitation.
The information learned from the count will provide us with a unique opportunity to understand not only the depth of Gwinnett’s homeless population, but also where they are located and what may have led them to becoming homeless. Ultimately, the count also provides an opportunity to plan services and programs to appropriately address local needs, measure progress in decreasing homelessness, and identify strengths and gaps in Gwinnett’s current homelessness assistance system.