Department Of Community Development Will Count Homeless Tonight

Ken Knickerbocker
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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the FY 2014 Continuum of Care (CoC) grant awards for Chester County.

These funds support Decade to Doorways, Chester County’s Community Partnership to prevent and end homelessness by providing critically needed emergency housing and support  D2D-Final-Logoservices to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

This evening and into the early morning hours of Thursday, the Chester County Department of Community Development (DCD) will facilitate the 2015 Point-in-Time (PIT) Count, a required national and statewide effort mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to indicate the total number of homeless individuals and families currently experiencing homelessness on a given night.

The count includes the number of homeless individuals and families being housed in emergency shelters and transitional housing. In addition, DCD staff and a corps of trained volunteers will also canvas the urban centers in Chester County looking for unsheltered individuals and families.

Data from the count is included in the Annual Homeless Assessment Report, which is presented annually to Congress. Collecting valid and reliable data and making progress on reducing homelessness are scoring factors in HUD’s CoC Program Competition and can influence CoC Program funding awards.

The CoC Program is designed to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; to quickly re-house homeless individuals and families; to promote access to effective utilization of mainstream programs and to optimize  self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

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