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The 2020 headcount for the Coalition for the Homeless of Pasco County is a "huge project" for the nonprofit group, according to its CEO, Don Anderson.

NEW PORT RICHEY – The Coalition for the Homeless of Pasco County is seeking volunteers for its Point In Time Count.

The nonprofit group will conduct its Pasco County homeless headcount on Jan. 28.

The PIT Count is required of Continuum of Care organizations to tally the number of people experiencing homelessness in their geographic area. The count provides crucial data on progress towards federal goals of preventing and ending homelessness and the ability to get money into the county.

“The PIT Count is a huge project for the Coalition and our ability to bring monies into the county from HUD, DCF, and other funders to address homelessness in Pasco County is directly dependent upon a thorough and complete count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals and families,” said Don Anderson, Coalition for the Homeless CEO. “And, fundamental to a successful and thorough count is having enough volunteers to canvas the entire county.”

The Coalition needs more than 400 volunteers to help with the Pasco County survey. Volunteers can sign up for one of three, four-hour shifts: from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m.; from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.; and 3 until 7 p.m.

Volunteers can sign up online at www.pascohomelesscoalition.org.

The Coalition for the Homeless of Pasco County was established in 1988. For more than 30 years, the Coalition has invited agencies, businesses and citizens to help support efforts to relieve the suffering of Pasco County’s homeless families and individuals.

“Our goal is to build a safe community full of hope, opportunities for self-sufficiency, and permanent housing for families and individuals,” Anderson said.