LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- Volunteers went around Lane County Thursday morning to pass out electronic surveys to the homeless as part of the annual point-in-time homeless count.
This year the homeless count will include a survey for youth experiencing housing instability, couchsurfing, doubling up and homelessness.
Youth can take the survey at any of the locations below:
- Eugene Public Library Downtown (Teen Center): 100 W. 10th Ave., Eugene, 4-7 p.m.
- Looking Glass New Roads: 941 W. 7th Ave., Eugene, 8:30 a.m.-6:45 p.m.
- HOSEA Youth Services: 834 Monroe St., Eugene, inside the church on West 8th Avenue and Monroe Street.
- Springfield Public Library Downtown: 225 5th St. Suite 301, Springfield, 4-6 p.m.
- Looking Glass Rural Program in Cottage Grove: 508 E. Whiteaker Ave., Cottage Grove, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The count provides a snapshot of the homeless community, and the data collected is used by city officials and organizations to determine the best care needed.
Human Services Supervisor Alexandria Dreher said volunteers will collect electronic surveys using the Survey 123 app and will canvass an assigned area for people experiencing unsheltered homelessness.
"There are a lot of misconceptions about who experiences homelessness and why," Dreher said. "The data really shows that it affects people of different socioeconomic status. It can affect people of different walks of life."
Volunteers began passing out surveys at 8:30 a.m. To learn more about the count, click here.