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The Cumberland/Perry Local Housing Options Team and Cumberland County Housing Authority will lead staff from partner agencies and community volunteers in conducting the annual Point in Time Homeless Census Jan. 23 and 24.

The 2019 Point in Time Count will identify the number of sheltered and unsheltered homeless people in Cumberland County during the 24 hour period.

On those two days, specialized outreach teams will conduct brief, conversational surveys with people on the street to confirm if they will sleep or have slept unsheltered on the night of Jan. 23, and document what their housing needs might be.

More than two dozen partner agency staff and community volunteers will leave from multiple staging areas across the county to count and interview people living on the streets and offer them shelter and supply bags. Coordinated entry housing assessments will be offered on the spot to anyone who is homeless, utilizing the Community CARES outreach team and coordinated entry access site.

The PIT count is conducted each year in January, allowing local and regional agencies to gain insights on the progress being made toward ending homelessness, as well as collecting demographic information, assessing client needs and identifying gaps in services. The count is also a requirement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“The annual Point-in-Time survey is a very important undertaking in our community. The survey allows us to see trends and changing demands for services. The connections made with homeless individuals and families help us better understand the outcomes achieved by existing services and plan for improved services,” said CCHRA Executive Director Tim Whelan.

For more information, contact Chris Kapp, unsheltered PIT count volunteer coordinator, at ckapp@cchra.com or Jillian Yoder, sheltered PIT count coordinator, at jyoder@cchra.com.

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Carlisle Reporter

Carlisle Reporter for The Sentinel.