Each year, Johnson County's Continuum of Care on Homelessness (CoC) conducts a count of persons experiencing homelessness in the county to better understand how many are experiencing homelessness, their households' characteristics and identify local gaps in housing and supports. As the CoC's lead agency, UCS works each year with its partner organizations to collect and compile the data to better serve some of the community's most vulnerable households.
In 2018, data will be collected on where households slept on Tuesday January 23, 2018. The purpose of the Point-in-Time Count is to enumerate the number of persons who slept overnight in emergency shelter, transitional housing, or in places not meant for human habitation (e.g. on the streets, in their car, in abandoned buildings, in temporary camps). Local services organizations and volunteers will be collecting the data Wednesday through Friday, January 24-26. The count is a snapshot of who is experiencing homelessness in the county on one day - their ages, type of households, barriers to housing and employment, and other characteristics. Understanding who experiences homelessness locally assists housing and service providers plan for appropriate services and supports to partner with households to regain safe and stable housing.
Results of the 2017 Point-in-Time Count for Johnson County Homelessness can be viewed here.