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County examines inclusiveness of ‘Point in Time Homeless Census’

Several homeless individuals struggle to stay warm.
Photo by JM Simpson, January 13, 2024 via The JOLT News
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County commissioners look at accuracy, inclusiveness of ‘Point in Time Homeless Census’

The census is crucial for assessing the extent of homelessness in the community.

Preliminary report expected to be published mid-March

Excerpt from The JOLT News:

The Thurston Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) agenda-setting meeting on Tuesday, February 6, was marked by discussions surrounding the annual Point in Time Homeless Census and the Right of Way initiative.

Thurston’s Homeless Prevention Coordinator Keylee Marineau said the census was conducted at the end of January, commending the various initiatives of county staff and volunteers.

Along with the census, essential services, such as free vaccinations for flu and COVID-19, haircuts, and foot and wound care, were also provided.

Marineau explained that the census is crucial for assessing the extent of homelessness in the community.

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Marineau clarified that every county must conduct an annual count, but challenges exist in accurately capturing homeless populations, especially in South County areas where centralized gathering places are scarce.

Marineau also acknowledged the limitations in identifying individuals who may not self-identify as homeless or may not fit the Department of Housing and Urban Development definition.

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