Every year, the Delaware Continuum of Care conducts a Point in Time Count of people experiencing homelessness in Delaware. Included in the count are unsheltered individuals and families, temporarily sheltered individuals and families, and unsheltered youth. In light of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, this year’s PIT count has been rescheduled for the night of Wednesday, Feb. 23, and the morning of Thursday, Feb. 24. Virtual training for volunteers will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 9. The count was originally scheduled for to take place the night/morning of Jan. 26-27, and the virtual training was originally set for Tuesday, Jan. 18. The implementation of the PIT count has historically been successful because of the community-wide efforts of volunteers. In order to make everyone count in the count, volunteer boots on the ground are needed in Sussex, Kent and New Castle counties on the night and next morning of the PIT to assist in surveying individuals outdoors and as they arrive for services.
Interested volunteers can fill out the sign-up form and waiver form at housingalliancede.org/2022pit. Those who have already signed up do not need to sign up again. Additional ways to help those experiencing homelessness during the coldest months of the year include donating COVID-19 PPE, winter clothing, nonperishable food items, personal hygiene supplies and more to Housing Alliance Delaware. To learn more, go to housingalliancede.org.