SALISBURY – Organizations that help the homeless in Rowan and Cabarrus Counties will take part in the Point In Time count Wednesday and Thursday.
Cooperative Christian Ministry will coordinate the Cabarrus County Homeless Point-In-Time (PIT) count while Rowan Helping Ministries will conduct the count in Rowan County.
Cabarrus County homeless service providers will participate in counting individuals in the county who are homeless on the night of Jan. 30. The purpose of this effort is to identify the number of homeless individuals and families that are not being served by our community’s homeless services and to assess their specific needs. A successful count will provide the insight necessary to develop and deliver services to these most vulnerable members of our community. “The Point-In-Time count is an important exercise that allows us to assess any shifts in homelessness over time,” says Ed Hosack, Executive Director of CCM. “Our Point-In-Time counts for the past five years have indicated a dramatic increase in the number of homeless families and have influenced CCM’s development of programs to serve these families.”
This count will provide a snapshot of those homeless and is taken once per year in January. By gathering the information at the same time yearly, comparisons can be drawn. Yearly changes allow organizations to see trends developing that may not be seen in regular counts.
The PIT count is supervised by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, who defines homelessness for this count as a person who is “literally homeless” who has a nighttime residence in a place that is not meant for human habitation, including vehicles, abandoned buildings, campground, park or bus or train station. In addition, it includes a person “living in a publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living arrangements (including congregate shelters, transitional housing and hotels and motels paid for by charitable organizations, or federal, state and local government programs).” For this count, HUD does not include individuals or families living in doubled-up situations (temporarily with friends or family).
If you have any information that will ensure a homeless individual or family living in Cabarrus County or the city of Kannapolis is “counted,” please contact CCM at 704-706-9048 or email[email protected].
Rowan Helping Ministries may be contacted at 704-637-6838.