The next annual Project Homeless Connect event is going on today at the Aberdeen Senior Center from 10 am to 3 pm. The program offers Grays Harbor’s homeless some of the basic needs that we may take for granted including basic medical and dental care, access to education, employment and benefits systems, chemical dependency information, flu shots, haircuts, and legal aid.
Volunteers will also be collecting information for the state’s “Point in Time count,” as mandated by the federal Homelessness Housing and Assistance Act. While no personally identifiable information is collected, the sheltered and unsheltered homeless in Washington are counted for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
According to Washington’s point-in-time count last year, Grays Harbor had a total of 174 homeless persons, 57 of those sheltered, and 117 unsheltered. That number is down from 201 in 2017, and 203 in 2016.
Data collected during this annual count informs local, state, and federal funders about the scope of homelessness in our county, and helps channel funding and other resources to local communities to help people exit life on the streets and prevent homelessness.
What: Resources and Services to assist the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless
When: Friday, January 25, 2019, 10am—3pm
Where: Aberdeen Senior Center, 208 W Market St
(Formerly the Aberdeen Eagles)
Are you homeless or about to become homeless? Click here to connect to a local human services program.
The Homeless Housing and Assistance Act (website) requires that each county In Washington State conduct an annual point in time count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons. This census is conducted in accordance with the requirements of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The 2019 Point in Time Count (PIT) will take place on Jan. 24, 2019. The 2019 PIT Count results will be released in May 2019.
The Department of Commerce provides survey forms for counties and agencies to use for their counts. Counties can opt to use their own forms as long as the count is compliant with state guidelines.