Homelessness continues to decline in the U.S, specifically among families with children, veterans, and individuals with long-term disabling conditions according to the latest national estimate by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD’s 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress found that 549,928 persons experienced homelessness on a single night in 2016, a decline of 14 percent since 2010, the year the Obama Administration launched Opening Doors, the nation’s first comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness.
During the 2017 Point-In-Time Count, the Balance of State will partner with advocates of the Central Homeless Coalition to offer the Central Homeless Connect to the homeless community in Meridian, MS. During this event, homeless participants will be able to meet with over 15 agencies serving the homeless population, receive a meal and take a wellness bag full of daily necessity items. Vendors will ranged from health and wellness, housing, and support services.
The MS Balance of State wants agencies and individuals alike to have knowledge of the organizations endeavoring to serve homeless families and veterans. As a resource, the CoC has developed resource maps showing the coverage of SSVF and ESG resources in each county of the State of Mississippi.