Point in Time

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10 reasons to volunteer for Point in Time

About Point in Time

One Roof is responsible for knowing what Birmingham’s homeless population looks like, which we do primarily through a database called PromisAL.  PromisAL records information about the number of people in our community who need homeless services, demographic information, and also acts as a tool for case management within the continuum for clients.

One Roof is also responsible for conducting the annual Point in Time survey (usually the last Wednesday of January).  Point in Time is a 24-hour event mandated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and acts as a mini “census” of those experiencing homelessness in our area, and offers a snapshot of what our homeless population looks like on any given night.   By conducting accurate Point in Time counts, One Roof is better able to see trends in homelessness, demonstrate the need for homeless services in our area, and identify gaps in services (whose needs — and what kind of needs — aren’t being met by those experiencing homelessness?).

These numbers are vitally important to ending homelessness; the more we know and understand about what causes someone to be homeless, the more prepared we are to find solutions and educate our community about those contributing factors.

While PromisAL does count the homeless population served by One Roof’s member agencies, the database cannot account for all of those who do sleep on the street each night and who are unsheltered.    To find this population, we create street teams and speak with them face to face so that we know, for each individual, who they are, what they need, and if there is a reason they are not seeking or using services.

The One Roof team, though small,  is made up of 8 passionate individuals dedicated to ending homelessness.  The need in our area is too great for us to conduct Point in Time counts alone, and we need volunteers to help capture the most accurate picture of homelessness in our community.  Last year, just over 100 volunteers assisted in identifying 33% of our homeless population (nearly 700 men, women, children, and youth, who sleep in cars, in parks, under bridges, and other places not meant for human habitation).   Volunteers are necessary for this event to take place.

If you would like to volunteer for this educational and eye-opening event and collect data that can assist with practical solutions to ending homelessness, please let us know.  A donation of 2-3 hours of your time can make a huge impact.

We are looking for individuals and groups alike.  In the past college classes, church groups, fraternities, sororities, company offices, AmeriCorps members, and other organizations have assisted us with Point in Time.

Need more convincing?  Here are 10 reasons to volunteer for Point in Time.

Send an e-mail to volunteer@oneroofonline.org or call our office at 205.254.8833 if you have any questions or concerns.

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One Roof Events

   October  2014 »
  • Firehouse CoC IDs
    Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: October 25, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Salvation Army CoC IDs
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: October 27, 2014 - 11:00 am
  • Firehouse CoC IDs
    Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: October 27, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Update in STI/HIV/AIDS Conference
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: October 29, 2014 - 12:00 am
    Location: Hyatt Regency Birmingham - The Wynfrey Hotel, 1000 Riverchase Galleria, Birmingham, AL, United States
    Description: See flyer: http://www.seatec.emory.edu/documents/STD%20Update%20Brochure%20AL%20STD%202014.pdf

    30th Annual Update in STI/HIV/AIDS


    Hyatt Regency Birmingham, - The Wynfrey Hotel at Riverchase Galleria is the host hotel for the STD/HIV Update. For reservations call

    1-800-233-1234 no later than October 3, 2014 to receive the "UAB Infectious Diseases group rate" of $134.


    Hyatt Regency Birmingham - The Wynfrey Hotel
    1000 Riverchase Drive
    Birmingham, AL 35244


    Registration Fee: $55
    You can register online at: http://www.stdptc.org

    Please make check payable to:

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham and mail registration form or online confirmation form and payment to:

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Sharron Hagy, A.A.S.
    Program Coordinator II
    1900 University Blvd, THT 215C
    Birmingham, AL 35294-0006
    Email: Sharron@uab.edu
    Phone: 205.934.4204
    Fax: (205) 996-2416


    To provide updated information in the management of STDs and HIV. This course is targeted for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, CRNPs, clinicians, public health care workers, and other health care providers.

    Lectures will discuss updates in HPV vaccine implementation, partner delivered therapy, new STD treatment guidelines, PEP and PREP for HIV prevention, new STD and HIV diagnostic guidelines.


    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the University of Alabama School of Medicine (UASOM); the Alabama-North Carolina STD/HIV Prevention Training Center; the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Division of Infectious Diseases, Sexually Transmitted Diseases Program; UAB Alabama AIDS Training Education Center (AATEC) / Southeast AIDS Training Center (SEATEC); and the Jefferson County Department of Health. The UASOM is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The University Of Alabama School Of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    UAB is an equal opportunity /affirmative action institution.
  • First Light CoC IDs
    Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: October 28, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Nest Medical Clinic
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: October 28, 2014 - 7:30 pm
  • UAB REACT 1&3 APR Due Date
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: October 30, 2014 - 12:00 am
  • Pathways Wings APR Due Date
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: October 30, 2014 - 12:00 am
  • Firehouse CoC IDs
    Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: October 30, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Salvation Army CoC IDs
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: October 31, 2014 - 11:00 am