Next week, volunteers will take to Charlotte’s streets, soup kitchens and homeless camps to identify individuals who are living without shelter as part of the annual Point In Time (PIT) Count. From Wednesday evening on Jan. 27 through Thursday evening on Jan. 28, volunteers will administer a brief survey of each homeless person and also share winter weather items.
Volunteers and agency providers need assistance locating homeless individuals and families. Citizens in Charlotte-Mecklenburg who know where there are homeless camps or people sleeping on the streets are asked to complete a community referral form with detailed information on the location.
The Community Referral Form can be at www.housingfirstcharmeck.org/referrals.
A PIT count is required annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and is intended to provide a snapshot of how many people are sheltered in homeless programs and unsheltered on any given night. The chronically homeless are those individuals who have been living on the street for more than a year, or have had four or more homeless episodes within three years and have a disabling condition. The goal of finding unsheltered homeless individuals and families is to connect them to available resources.
This year, HUD is requiring communities to utilize their Homeless Management Information System to collect and report findings from the PIT Count. Results of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg PIT will be available approximately April 30, 2016.
More than 125 volunteers will conduct the PIT count. There has been a tremendous response for volunteers but a few opportunities still remain.
Volunteer sign up
Watch a video from last year's Point in Time Count
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