Seeking Volunteers for New Haven’s Point-in-Time (PIT) Count of the Homeless
Who: Join other concerned community members and service providers in New Haven for a
Point-in-Time Count of the Homeless. Teams of 4-5 volunteers will canvass the New
Haven area conducting surveys of homeless individuals, families and youth.
When: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 (inclement weather date is Thurs., January 31, 2013) from
5:00-11:00 pm. Volunteer registration will begin at 5:00 pm, followed by a brief
orientation and a light dinner.
Where: Volunteers will meet at the First Presbyterian Church in New Haven in the Owens
Community Building., 704 Whitney Ave (corner of Whitney and Huntington). Parking in
lot in front of church (on the grass) and on the street.
Why: Since 2003, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has
required applicants for federal homeless assistance grants to report the number of people
who are homeless in their communities at a particular time. HUD currently requires that
communities conduct a point-in-time count during the last week of January. Collecting
reliable baseline data is essential to understanding the causes of homelessness and
designing effective interventions to help homeless people rebuild their lives. CT Counts
continues to collect annual data in order to better understand the dynamic causes of
homelessness, to evaluate the effectiveness of programs serving homeless people and,
ultimately, to track progress towards ending homelessness in Connecticut.