St. Lucie County Community Services, local Continuum of Care and Homeless Service Council prepare for annual PIT Count.
St Lucie County (treasurecoast.com) –St. Lucie County Community Services Department, in partnership with the local Continuum of Care (CoC) Treasure Coast Homeless Services Council, is preparing for the annual Point In Time (PIT) Count. The PIT count is an unduplicated count of the homeless in a community.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires all CoCs to conduct a count of all unsheltered people in the last two weeks of January. This year, local social service agencies and volunteers will be hitting the streets on Jan. 26-28. Due to COVID-19, additional safety precautions are being taken for volunteers. This includes a shorter survey and a hotline for homeless to call in to reduce face-to-face contact.
The PIT count is extremely important for our community as it helps the CoC secure funding for homeless and prevention services for the area. It also helps the community develop a strategic plan to ending homelessness once and for all. Last year, 708 homeless individuals were identified in St. Lucie County alone. Of that number, 222 where children under the age of 18.
HUD considers homeless as any individual who is living in a place not meant for human habitation, such as an abandoned house, the woods or living in a shelter. If you are homeless or know of any homeless in the community, please complete a PIT survey by calling 772-404-9789 between 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Jan. 26-28. Surveyors will in the community to help ensure an accurate count.
If you would like to volunteer to assist with the PIT count this year, please call Treasure Coast Homeless Services Council at 772-567-7790.