2020 Point-In-Time Unsheltered Homeless Count

The 2020 Point In Time Homeless Count is Wednesday, January 29, 2020.

The Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County is the coordinator of a federally mandated homeless count that occurs every year. During this single night, volunteers canvass the streets in small groups and attempt to count every unsheltered homeless person in suburban Cook County. The results of the Homeless Count are reported to the federal government in order to secure funds for homelessness programs and create a baseline for continued efforts to end homelessness in suburban Cook County. The Homeless Count also helps to raise awareness about homelessness and barriers to housing in our communities. 

For questions, please contact Katie Spoden, Advocacy and Development Coordinator, at katie@suburbancook.org or 708-240-9533

Volunteer for the 2020 Homeless Count

Click here to volunteer for the unsheltered Homeless Count on the night of Wednesday, January 29, 2020. Each region decides the time period they feel will include the most individuals experiencing unsheltered homelessness.

North Region 

  • Dispatch Station: Journeys | The Road Home, 1140 E Northwest Hwy #7605, Palatine, IL 60074
  • Dinner and Volunteer Training: 6:00pm
  • Homeless Count: 6:30pm to 12:30am

West Region

  • Dispatch Station: Housing Forward, 1851 S 9th Ave, Maywood, IL 60153
  • Dinner and Volunteer Training: 7:00pm
  • Homeless Count: 8:00pm to 2:00am

South Region

  • Dispatch Station: Respond Now, 1439 Emerald Ave, Chicago Heights, IL 60411
  • Dinner and Volunteer Training: 7:00pm
  • Homeless Count: 8:00pm to 2:00am

Serve as a Service Site Survey Agency

Click here to administer a service site survey the week following the Homeless Count. If your organization regularly encounters people who are homeless, we need your help! Please participate to help us accurately count all those experiencing homelessness in suburban Cook County. 

Point-In-Time Homeless Count FAQs

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about the Point-In-Time Homeless Count.

Online Hotspot Locator

Click here to submit locations where people experiencing homelessness congregate, occupy shared space, and reside for habitation. Hotspots are updated for each Homeless Count to help us more accurately count all those experiencing unsheltered homelessness. 

Gift Bag Donations

Click here if you would like to donate items to include in gift bags. On the night of the Homeless Count, each individual encountered will be given a gift bag with supplies and information on where to access resources. We are seeking the following donations:

  • Socks, hats, scarves and gloves
  • Gift cards to purchase food
  • Gift cards to purchase clothing
  • Toiletries
  • Individually wrapped non-perishable foods (ex. beef jerky, granola bars)
  • First-aid supplies