Thank you to all who are participating in the 2016 Point-in-Time Count! We appreciate everyone who volunteered (or is volunteering) to make this count successful. Survey numbers are coming in from all over our coverage area, and we look forward to creating valuable reports that will be produced by the data received from your efforts. Below are some next steps to submitting PIT Survey Data to the BoS.
The 2016 Point-In-Time Count is happening all this week January 25th-29th across the Balance of State. The reference period for the count will be January 25th @ 12AM until January 26th @ 12AM. The MS Balance of State CoC wants to adequately supply all volunteers with sufficient resources to have a successful and thorough count. Surveys & forms, links, videos, and … Continue reading 2016 PIT Count: Today is the day!
The Mississippi Balance of State CoC (BoS), a group whose membership includes the majority of homeless service providers in Mississippi, plans to conduct a homeless census – also known as a Point in Time Count (PIT) - on January 25-29, 2016. The BoS’s target area includes all of the state, excluding the Jackson Urbanized area and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
The MS Balance of State consists of 71 of Mississippi's 82 counties. And we're charged to count them all. It's a tough task, but were up to the challenge. WILL YOU JOIN US?
During a 24-hour period in the last ten days of every January, homeless advocates across the nation seek to count the homeless persons within their coverage areas. The Point in Time (PIT) Count greatly affects funding, both private and public, for homeless services and affects the methodology of those services. A thorough count is crucial in identifying and understanding both the progress we’ve made and the gaps within our services. Mississippi Balance of State's Count will consist of 5 Regional Coalition Counts throughout our 71-county coverage area.
U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro today announced HUD’s latest national one-night estimate of homelessness, highlighting a continuing decline across the nation. The results are based on HUD’s Point-in-Time (PIT) estimates, which seek to measure the scope of homelessness on a single night in January each year. HUD’s 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress found that there has been an overall 11% decrease and 26% drop in the unsheltered homeless population since 2010, when President Obama launched Opening Doors, the nation’s first-ever comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness.