Nowhere to Go’s Point-In-Time Count

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Nowhere to Go, an Ontario County forum aimed at assisting men, women and children in immediate crisis situations with nowhere to turn, will conduct a point-in-time count on Wednesday July 29, 2015.

Nowhere to Go, an Ontario County forum aimed at assisting men, women and children in immediate crisis situations with nowhere to turn, will conduct a point-in-time count on Wednesday July 29, 2015. The Point-in-Time (PIT) count is a count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night. The count hopes to gather accurate demographic information and raise awareness of homelessness in our community. Volunteers are needed to help with the count. If you are interested in volunteering, please read the information below.

NOWHERE TO GO’S POINT-IN-TIME (“PIT”) COUNT OF UNSHELTERED HOMELESS PEOPLE

Project objective: To gather accurate demographic information on unsheltered homeless people in Ontario county through point-in-time surveys and, through this process, to raise awareness of and engagement in the issue of homelessness in our area.

Date: Wednesday July 29, 5pm-9pm

Locations: Canandaigua, Victor, Farmington, Geneva

We’re not only counting people… Conducting a PIT Count involves finding and surveying people who are staying outside, in cars, in abandoned buildings, in tents, and other places not designed for human habitation. The PIT Count will provide us with information on the numbers of unsheltered homeless people and the situations that lead to their homelessness. We’ll be asking people a series of survey questions about their health, financial situation, veteran status and how long they’ve been homeless. We’ll also try to help the people we’re surveying. The PIT Count will provide us an opportunity to refer homeless people to services that can help them find housing and meet their other needs.

VOLUNTEER NEEDS:

COMMUNICATION Laurie Konwinski LKonwinski@dor.org; 607-272-5062 ext. 12.

Communicate project goals and needs to all invested groups in Ontario County, including:

*Congregations/faith communicates, *Social service agencies, *Government officials, *Media

Tasks : follow-up calls to congregations and agencies;

CENSUS-TAKERS Susan Preston susanpreston3@yahoo.com

Tasks: Administer surveys to homeless people on the day of the PIT Count

Criteria: Age 18 and above, able to physically walk long distances and traverse challenging terrain,

willing to get dirty, able to think on your feet, compassionate and non-judgmental,
Bilingual Spanish-English speakers encouraged to sign up. Valid NY driver’s license holders with vehicles willing to drive and be part of the census-taking teams needed.

All census takers must attend mandatory training on July 22 from 6pm until 8pm in Canandaigua.

IN-KIND DONATIONS (aka “stuff”) Bonnie Ross bgr396@gmail.com

When we survey the people outside, we want to offer them some small gifts to show appreciation for their time and cooperation. We’d also like donated food for refreshments for volunteer gatherings.

Currently seeking: bus tokens, bag lunches (bananas, oranges, raisins, juice); refreshments

Tasks: Gather needed items; bag up “gift bags” for survey takers.

Nowhere to Go is a coalition of groups and individuals dedicated to sharing information about services available to low income and homeless people, and researching solutions to homelessness. It is spearheaded by several local agencies including the Partnership for Ontario County, which serves as the coalition’s fiscal agent, Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes, LawNY, The Housing Council and FLACRA.