More than 100 volunteers took part in the first Point-in-Time Homeless Count training session in Bakersfield at the Mission at Kern County on Wednesday, January 15.
The training sessions are required for participation in the 2020 count, which aims to get an accurate total of the number of homeless individuals in Kern County.
Volunteers who registered to participate in the count learned about the surveying process, how to keep themselves and their team safe during the count, and how to engage with homeless individuals.
As of Tuesday, January 14, 603 people have registered to participate in the count as volunteers.
The annual count is set for Friday, January 24, from 3:30 to 10 a.m.
The PIT count is a key part of ending homelessness in the community. The data collected during the count helps the City of Bakersfield access needed federal and state homeless services resources. During the count the volunteers will canvas the streets for homeless individuals and families, asking them to participate in a brief survey.
Another training session is planned for Thursday, January 16.