United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley’s Home For Good program conducted 282 surveys for the annual Point In Time (PIT) Count. The survey sheds light on the situations of local sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals, and gathers information to help those in need as well as develop more effective homelessness prevention programs.
Home For Good collaborated with agencies in Phenix City and Russell County to ensure a successful and effective PIT Count.
More than 75 volunteers participated in the effort this year. On Monday, January 23rd, volunteers from United Way community partner The House of TIME filled the PIT Count bags with a list of resources, 2-1-1 card, bottled water, snacks, and t-shirts. Volunteers distributed the bags to survey participants on Tuesday and Wednesday.
On Tuesday evening, volunteers asked 209 sheltered homeless individuals about their current living situation, families, and health issues. Volunteers visited Grace House, Trinity House, House of Mercy, and Salvation Army to conduct surveys. On Wednesday, volunteer teams traveled to locations where homeless individuals are known to stay, as well as a variety of service providers and surveyed 73 unsheltered homeless individuals.
“This year’s Point In Time Count indicated that the work we’re doing is making a difference in the community,” said Pat Frey, Executive Director of Home For Good. “The number of homeless individuals surveyed is decreasing each year and we will continue to work with local agencies to make sure those numbers keep dropping,” she added.
In 2016, PIT Count volunteers surveyed 303 homeless individuals, 217 sheltered and 86 unsheltered.
Since 2015, there has been a 24 percent decrease overall in homelessness. The highest count was in 2011 when nearly 500 individuals were surveyed.
“The Point In Time Count would not have been possible without the commitment of volunteers, law enforcement, and local agencies” said Scott Ferguson, President & CEO of United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley. “The decrease in homelessness is truly remarkable and is a reflection of the hard work done by local providers and Home For Good,” he added.