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.
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.