The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that communities receiving Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Grant funding to complete an annual sheltered and biennial unsheltered Point-In-Time Count during the last ten days of January. The data collected during this count assists our CoC locally and across the state to plan future services geared towards ending homelessness, understand changes in trends among homeless populations, comply with reporting requirements from HUD, other funders, and local stakeholders, and justify the need for continued resources to aide the homeless.
A statewide count of homeless men, women, and children living in emergency shelters, transitional housing, on the streets, and other places not meant for human habitation will be coordinated by the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio and the Region 16 Continuum of Care locally.
HUD defines homeless as persons who are sleeping in places not meant for human habitation, sleeping in emergency shelters or living in transitional housing having come from the a shelter or place not meant for human habitation. In Fayette County, our Point-In-Time Count will include persons staying at My Sister’s House, the Brick House, and CAC Transitional Housing. The Point-In-Time Count also counts people that are considered unsheltered, meaning that they are living on the streets, in their cars, in abandoned buildings, etc.
Point in Time Count Presentation 2013
Point in Time Count Presentation 2012
Point in Time Count Presentation 2011
Point in Time Count Presentation 2010
Point in Time Count Presentation 2009
Point in Time Count Presentation 2008
“Before I started working with the homeless, I was completely unaware of the homeless population in our small community. It was something that just didn’t cross my mind because it’s not something you see when you stop at a red light or go into the grocery store. Most individuals, like me, have this pre-conceived notion that a homeless person will be standing on the street corner holding a sign or pushing a Kroger shopping cart down the street, wearing layers of clothes. This isn’t something we see here in our rural community, but they are out there.” SSI Ohio Specialist Melinda Hellard.