“Everybody counts, everybody deserves a chance, everybody has a responsible role to play and we all do better when we work together,”
Tonight Friends of youth will be hosting an overnight One Night Count to bring Eastside youth and young adults, ages 18-24, in from off the streets, away from the rain and cold, and provide them with a warm meal and a safe place to sleep. Our employees will be working hard to help the Seattle/King County Coalition of Homelessness (SKCCH ) ensure that every person who is homeless or in unstable housing is counted.
What is the One Night Count?
The One Night Count (ONC) is an annual event to count the number of people in King County without a stable place to live. Hundreds of volunteers and non-profit organizations, like Friends of Youth, go out in teams all over the county to count people who are sleeping outside, in cars, or other places not meant for habitation. King County has one of the nation’s best-established point-in-time counts of homeless people. The One Night Count remains the largest community-organized count in the United States. Since 1980, SKCCH and Operation Nightwatch have organized the One Night Count of people who are without shelter. Through last year’s “Family Turn Away Survey,” the One Night Count was able to show that at least 253 children and 177 of their adult family members — that’s 141 households — tried unsuccessfully to find shelter in a single day and night.
Why do we do the Count?
We carry out the One Night Count for two reasons: to document the nature and extent of homelessness in King County, and to build public engagement and action around the issue. It is a solemn and eye-opening opportunity to witness the survival struggles of our neighbors who are homeless. The Count helps to inform progress on the community’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness, as well as provide insight into the dynamics of homelessness and inform strategies for solving it.
Where will the Friends of Youth’s One Night Count be?
At Lake Washington United Methodist Church, 7525 132nd Ave. NE, Kirkland, WA 98033 (Bus Route: 245 & 265).
When does the count itself actually take place?
Guests are welcome to arrive at 8:00pm Thursday January 26th 2012 and stay until Friday morning at 7:00a.m. The count actually takes place early Friday morning, January 27th, from 2am – 5am so guests must be at our indoor location to be counted.
For more information, please contact our Outreach Coordinator,
Melissa King, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-310-3579.