FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 15
City of Charlotte Mecklenburg County
Mary Gaertner Lawrence Corley
DONATIONS AND VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE 2017 POINT-IN-TIME COUNT & HOUSING INVENTORY COUNT
Help is needed to locate and identify persons experiencing homelessness
Charlotte, NC — Preparations are underway for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg's annual Point-in-Time Count and Housing Inventory Count, which is scheduled for Wednesday, January 25, 2017.
The Point-in-Time Count (PIT) is required annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It captures the number of persons who are homeless on one night staying in shelters and on the streets. The Housing Inventory Count (HIC) allows staff to assess the capacity to house persons who are homeless.
If you are looking for a way to give this holiday season, look no further. There are several ways for you to get involved. Please consider donating a sleeping bag or a tarp that will go to persons counted on the streets. To collect as much data as possible, organizers need your help to locate persons who are homeless on the streets or in camps. If you would like to sign up to volunteer, a sign-up link along with information on how to donate or provide location information is provided through the 2017 Point-in-Time Count Information Page.
Each year, our community steps up to accomplish this important work. The agencies that provide emergency shelter and transitional housing provide census data for that night. Volunteers administer a brief survey with persons on the street during the early morning hours to capture the unsheltered count and share winter weather items. The findings will be compiled in a report that will be released in the spring of 2017.
The data that is collected plays a key role in helping the community understand our progress on ending and preventing homelessness. In 2016, Charlotte-Mecklenburg saw a nine percent decrease in overall persons experiencing homelessness from the previous year.
This year, Mecklenburg County Community Support Services is partnering with the City of Charlotte's Neighborhood & Business Services Department to develop a holistic framework for executing the 2017 PIT Count from beginning to end. Also, in alignment with the national effort, the 2017 PIT Count will focus on conducting a youth baseline count. Efforts are being made to ensure that we reach all of the youth (age 25 and under) who are homeless in our community.
For more information on how to donate, volunteer or to receive regular updates, email Courtney Morton at Courtney.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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