FAQ: Point-In-Time Count
What is the Point in Time Count?
The Point-in-Time Count is a twice-yearly census hosted by Homeward to determine the number of people experiencing homelessness in the Richmond region. At the event a survey is conducted to obtain specific information about how we can better assist some of our region’s most vulnerable residents.
Where does the Point in Time Count take place?
The Point in Time Count actually takes place across the Greater Richmond region – with the cooperation of shelter providers, Departments of Social Services, and police departments. However, a majority of the surveys of unsheltered clients take place at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Community volunteers will conduct surveys of individuals attending the meals program at St. Paul’s on the day of the point in time count.
What time to I need to be there? What time will I be able to leave?
Please arrive no later than 9:00 a.m. You will be done by 1:00 or 1:30 in the afternoon.
Where do I park?
Parking is very limited, as the church is near the Capitol building and the General Assembly. The church’s parking deck is located on 8th St. -- the sign says “Public Parking,” and the deck may or may not be full. You will still have to pay to park in this lot.
There is limited availability in pay lots in the area and street parking may also be available. All volunteers must be responsible for their own parking costs; carpooling is strongly suggested.
Will lunch be provided? Coffee?
Yes! There will be enough food for both clients and volunteers to eat a hot meal. Coffee and snacks will be available in the morning
Can I come late?
Please make every effort to arrive by 9:15 a.m. It is important to attend training, familiarize yourself with the process, and be ready to survey when doors open.
What if I have to leave early?
You can leave early; the number of people taking surveys goes down throughout the day, so many volunteers will be able to leave earlier than 1:30 p.m.
Can I bring my child/teenager to volunteer with me?
All volunteers must be 18 years or older. Due to the sensitive nature of the questions asked on the survey, this is not an appropriate event for a child or teenager.
What should I bring to the event?
Bring ONLY what you need. Do not bring valuables. No secure storage is available for volunteers’ belongings. There is limited storage for coats, but we can accept no responsibility for items.
What should I wear on the day of the event?
Wear comfortable, casual clothing.