In collaboration with partnering agencies across Steuben, Allegany, Chemung, and Schuyler Counties, IHS recently released the results of the 2010 Point-in-Time (PIT) study, a one night count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons in the region. Required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of the Continuum of Care initiative, the purpose of the study is “to understand the number and characteristics of people sleeping in shelters and on the street, or in other places not meant for human habitation”. The “point in time” for this year was Wednesday, January 27th, 2010, and trained volunteers used a standardized survey form to interview over 1250 “at-risk” participants between January 27th and February 3rd. Conducted as a “Service-Based Count”, surveys were conducted at agencies and locations in the region that are either known homeless locations, or locations where an individual/family who is “at-risk” might seek services. The results presented in the findings are a “count” of those who reported specific characteristics about their household. To obtain further information regarding a detailed summary of those surveyed and the results, please contact Bill Caudill at IHS’ Resource and Planning Development at 776-9467, ext. 217 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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