The city of Plano is seeking volunteers for the Annual Homeless Census, also known as the Point-in-Time Count, which is set to take place Jan. 25.

Volunteers—who must be at least 18 years old—must complete their registration by Jan. 11 through the city’s volunteer management system, according to a city news release. The Point-in-Time Count is conducted once per year in January and is used to survey the local homeless population.

The overview

Individuals volunteering Jan. 25 should arrive at the Plano Municipal Center no later than 6:45 p.m. with a one-hour training session beginning at 7 p.m. Volunteers should expect to be out until around midnight, per the news release.

New this year, the city will utilize a different sign-up platform for volunteers, according to the news release.

To register, individuals must:
  • Complete the online volunteer portal, waiver and background check consent form
  • Submit a background check after receiving an email from City of Plano Volunteers in Plano
  • Download the Counting Us app and create a profile before Jan. 25
What else?

The Point-in-Time Count helps provide information on the state of homelessness in Plano, per the news release, in addition to making the city eligible for federal funding, per the news release.

To volunteer, visit the city’s volunteer portal for the event.