Homeless Trust launches annual census of Miami-Dade County homeless
Street homeless count on January 26 youth count and survey runs through January 31
Miami, FL - The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust is conducting its annual Point-in-Time (PIT) count, a countywide census of sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals and families on Thursday, January 26, 2017. Approximately 30 teams consisting of service providers and volunteers will fan out across the county to count persons experiencing homelessness. Teams will depart from 444 SW 2nd Avenue beginning at 10:00 p.m. PIT counts, which occur each year during the last 10 days of January as mandated by US Department of Housing and Urban Development, help communities track progress toward the goal of ending homelessness.
As part of the PIT count, teams will seek to identify unaccompanied, homeless youth ages 13-24. Additionally, between January 22 and January 31, volunteers will effort to engage youth who do not have a regular nighttime residence and administer anonymous surveys to better understand the needs of this special population. This weeklong effort, dubbed the iCount, includes the establishment of more than 70 magnet sites at libraries, parks, health facilities, and other community organizations around the county, where unaccompanied, homeless youth can take the anonymous survey. For more information on magnet site locations, call 2-1-1 or visit www.icountmiami.com.
The goal of the iCount is to better understand ways to assist unaccompanied young people so homelessness doesn’t become a way of life. Unaccompanied youth are those who may have been kicked out, pressured to leave home, are couch surfing, or are without a permanent place to stay. The iCount is a partnership between Miami Homes for All and the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, and more than 60 partners and providers, including Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
Editor’s Note: For more information on the PIT Count, iCount, or to accompany teams working on the census, please contact Lisa Mozloom at 305-528-5341, firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust: Founded in 1993, the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust is a county agency headed by a board of 27 volunteers which serves in an advisory capacity to the Miami-Dade County Commission charged with the responsibility of implementing the Miami-Dade County Community Homeless Plan. These volunteers represent the business, religious, educational, provider and political communities, along with formerly homeless individuals. For more information regarding The Homeless Trust visit www.homelesstrust.org.