Volunteers needed for Utah Homeless Point In Time Count

Jan 14, 2020, 6:02 PM | Updated: 7:20 pm
Homeless Camp...
A new study finds that landlords in northern Utah would like to help reduce homelessness, although many aren’t aware of local resources. (PHOTO: Deseret News)
(PHOTO: Deseret News)

SALT LAKE COUNTY – Homeless advocates all across Utah say they need a lot of help in figuring out how many homeless people call this state home.  They’re asking for volunteers to come forward for their Utah Homeless Point In Time Count.

This count happens every year, and it has a major impact on how much funding state and local governments will get for homeless services.  Every state is required to report their numbers to the federal government.

“All of this, combined, will help inform policy on a national and local level, as well as funding decisions both federally and here, locally, as well,” according to Salt Lake County Director of Programs and Partnerships Katherine Fife.

There are two questions volunteers will be trying to answer through this yearly count.

Fife says, “How many people are experiencing homelessness, and how many people are sleeping on the streets?”

It will be relatively easy to find out how many people are staying in homeless shelters across Utah, but the second question may be more difficult to answer.  Fife says it can be very tricky to find individuals living on their own since homeless camps tend to move frequently.  Also, some unsheltered people don’t want to be approached.  This year, Fife says they’re using census track data to find where homeless people may be staying.

“We’re identifying where the populations are.  We’re using data where outreach teams are encountering those who are unsheltered,” she says.

The count is scheduled for the 23rd through the 25th of this month.  Fife says they’ll provide training for anyone who wants to help.

She says, “These are some areas where encounters have been made, and these are where we think we need to focus our efforts.”

People can volunteer by logging on to

Today’s Top Stories


From left, Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of C...
ALAN FRAM Associated Press

Congress sends landmark gun violence compromise to Biden

The bill that passed the House on Friday is a compromise that illustrates progress on the issue and the deep-seated divide that persists.
17 hours ago
Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., gives opening remarks as the House select committ...
The Associated Press

Ginni Thomas responds to 1/6 panel, hearings stretch to July

The public hearings into the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol will stretch into July.
2 days ago
The Senate is poised to take a critical vote to advance a major bipartisan gun safety bill toward f...
Clare Foran, Ali Zaslav, Lauren Fox and Ted Barrett, CNN

Senate passes first major federal gun safety legislation in decades

In the first gun safety legislation in decades, the Senate passed bipartisan bill focused on gun violence.
2 days ago
Lehi ban fireworks...
Mark Jones

Cities around the state announce fireworks restrictions

Fireworks restrictions have been announced by several cities around the state.
3 days ago
A men’s maximum-security unit in the new Utah State Correctional Facility in Salt Lake City is pi...
Lindsay Aerts

State leaders cut the ribbon on new Utah State Correctional Facility

After five years of construction, a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Utah State Correctional Facility, located west of the Salt Lake City International Airport, was held Wednesday.
3 days ago
FILE: The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds its firs...

Jan. 6 hearings: What we’ve learned, and what’s next

On Thursday, the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 violence will hear from former Justice Department officials who resisted Trump's entreaties to declare the election "corrupt."
3 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
Follow @ikeyospe...

Tax Tuesday: The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Filing Their Taxes

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
Follow @ikeyospe...

Tax Tuesday: How will last year’s child tax credits affect you?

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
Volunteers needed for Utah Homeless Point In Time Count