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January 23, 2017 – The Nevada County Continuum of Care (CoC) is conducting the 2017 Point-in-Time (PIT) count to identify the housing and service needs of the sheltered and unsheltered homeless population in our community. This large scale effort will assist in the national goal of ending chronic, youth and Veteran homelessness.

For the first time ever, Federal and State funding for all programs that serve homeless persons, including Veterans, youth, seniors are using the Point in Time Count data as a baseline for determining future funding levels in our community. That means, mental health services, subsidized housing, affordable housing, energy assistance, development projects, emergency shelters, transitional housing, and many more programs may be positively affected financially if we  make great strides in reaching every homeless person during the Point In Time Count!

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Hospitality House will host a Homeless Connect Event on January 24, 2017, to provide homeless persons with a free meal, cold weather supplies, free hair cuts, veteran’s services, and a free gift for completing a brief survey. There will be free transportation to the event from 9:45 am-2:30 pm for homeless persons wanting to participate in the event. Additionally, there will be groups of volunteers that will go out into the community to those homeless persons that did not make it to the Connect Event to have their input counted too!

Each of our Nevada County communities will need to recruit volunteers to participate in the biggest and most influential Point in Time Count ever. We have varied activities going on throughout the County to ensure the most successful count, so we need your help!  A registration form can be found here.

To volunteer, please contact Sue Knappen, (530) 615-0805, (530) 575-1541 (mobile) or via email: sue@hhshelter.org