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Measuring Homelessness

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Jan. 17, 2017
Every January, more than 400 Continuums of Care (CoC) for the homeless population covering more than 3,000 cities and counties across the nation organize tens of thousands of volunteers in a national effort to measure homelessness in the United States.
This count measures the number of homeless persons in shelters and on the streets at a single point-in-time. The Point-in-Time (PIT) count for Delta County will be conducted on Jan. 25 from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Achieving an accurate count is essential for securing funding, support, and for developing responses by agencies, according to Julie Hardy, Community Action Agency housing specialist.
Locally, the effort is being coordinated by the Delta County Homeless Coalition Local Planning Body and will involve local human service agencies and law enforcement departments.
Defining the extent of rural homelessness presents a significant challenge because there are no formal homeless shelters except for Hope at the Inn during winter months, Hardy said. “Couch Surfing” is the most common form of homelessness in our area, she added.
In those cases, the homeless person or family may not necessarily be connected with an agency. Those are the cases where help is needed. Residents who know of a person or family in need of housing are being asked to call the MDS Community Action Agency at 786-7080 both for assistance and on Jan. 25 to be counted.