The National Alliance to End Homelessness is gathering point-in-time count data from around the country and sharing it on their blog. Has your…
The National Alliance to End Homelessness is gathering point-in-time count data from around the country and sharing it on their blog. Has your community released your Point-In-Time Counts? Did you community decrease homelessness? As winter comes to a close, communities across the country have begun to report their findings from their 2014 Point-In-Time Counts of sheltered and unsheltered homeless populations held in late January. These counts help us understand how Continuums of Care (CoCs) are progressing in ending homelessness.
The Homelessness Research Institute has published an interactive map, which shows media and CoC reports on changes in overall homelessness from 2013 to 2014 and your community can be featured. Of the five CoCs mapped thus far, two have reported decreases in homelessness while the remaining three have reported increases. This map is updated in real-time as more CoC and media reports become available. If you would like to have your community’s report or a media story featured on the map, please email a link to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, RONAN FARROW DAILY is gathering information on the resources end of the equation with their most recent call to action. They are collecting the number of emergency shelter beds are available for homeless youth. According to the Coalition for the Homeless, there are only 4,000 such beds available nationally – and that is a woefully inadequate number for the more than 40,000 unaccompanied homeless youth in America on any given night. They are asking readers to call city hall and ask, “How many beds are available?” then post them on Twitter,Facebook, email, or right on the Team Ronan group website. Responses will be posted throughout the week! They are pretty interesting so far (here).