Volunteers needed for homeless ‘Point-in-time’ Count on January 25 (press release)

The county needs help with the annual homeless count starting this week.

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MENDOCINO CO., 1/23/17—Mendocino County is seeking volunteers for the upcoming annual “Point-In-Time Count,” which takes place beginning January 25 and continues for the next week. During this time, the county attempts to count how many people are currently unsheltered or houseless within the county, to better assess current community needs and develop plans to address them. The PIT takes place all over the county during the end of January, to help local and state agencies to develop an estimate of the current numbers of people without shelter and those who are at risk of homelessness. Mendocino County receives around $1.7 million from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the PIT is required to receive that funding.

HHSA staff is seeking volunteers in a variety of different roles — both counting people on the night of the count as well as planning and other tasks over the week. More details are providing below. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Garry Colson at: colsong@co.mendocino.ca.us or Sandi Canaday at: canadays@co.mendocino.ca.us.

The Mendocino County Homeless Services Continuum of Care (MCHSCoC) will be conducting its annual unsheltered Point-In-Time Count which will begin at sunset on January 25, 2017, and run through the following week.  The Point-In-Time Count is a requirement of United States Department of Housing and Urban Development funding, of which Mendocino County receives over $1.7 million annually for housing and homeless services for people who are experiencing homelessness in our community.  The data received through this count will help our local community to identify needs and develop planning to address those persons experiencing homelessness throughout Mendocino County.

The Continuum of Care is a group that consists of social service providers, non-profit agency staff, faith-based organizations, concerned community members and Health and Human Services Agency staff. These individuals and agencies come together to help address the needs of those who are experiencing homelessness or are at-risk of homelessness. This Point-In-Time Count requires a significant number of individuals performing various tasks involved in planning the event, as well as surveying individuals and families that are experiencing homelessness.

If you would like to get involved, please contact Garry Colson at: colsong@co.mendocino.ca.us or Sandi Canaday at: canadays@co.mendocino.ca.us

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