2019 Point In Time Training Resources

2019 Point in Time Training Resources

2019 Point in Time Agency Codes

2019 POINT IN TIME/PROJECT HOMELESS CONNECT

Coming Home coordinates the annual Point in Time Survey (PIT)/Project Homeless Connect (PHC) in Middlesex County.

The PIT Survey is conducted every year nationwide by communities to not only get a count of people, both sheltered and unsheltered, experiencing homelessness, but also to try and understand the particular cause of their respective homelessness. The data collected from the PIT surveys provides invaluable information regarding the County’s homeless residents, and is used to support requests to private and public entities for funding for both housing and services, all with the goal of ending homelessness.  It is conducted with a bilingual, paper outreach (survey forms are forwarded in advance to specific designated homeless provider agencies) and a bilingual, street outreach (teams are sent to specific localities within the County to identify homeless individuals whose residence in the County may not be known).

At the same time as the PIT survey is being completed, specific locations in the County are open for homeless individuals to walk in and receive a hot cup of coffee and a snack, fill out surveys, be linked to community services (representatives from various community agencies are at each location) and also receive “incentives” such as a free blanket, coat, gloves, etc. as a “thank you”.  Project Homeless Connect sites for January 23, 2019 are:

Elijah’s Promise
Soup Kitchen
18 Neilson Street
New Brunswick, NJ
The Cathedral
CDC
272 Madison Ave
Perth Amboy, NJ

 

Volunteer Opportunities and Information

The required street outreach and the surveying of homeless individuals is only successful with your help… We will seek your involvement to provide help throughout the day with the Project Homeless Connect sites, administration of surveys, Street Outreach survey administration, and data entry of the surveys online. Various shifts (typically 3 hours) are available throughout the day. Training material and additional outreach information, including a brief presentation regarding the administration of surveys will be available. All survey administration volunteers should plan to attend one of the scheduled trainings (See Volunteer and Training information links on the left). To register to volunteer in any capacity or to attend a survey administration training, please email Bobbin Paskell at bobbin.paskell@co.middlesex.nj.us.

2018 Point in Time

597 individuals (408 Households) reported being homeless on the night of the 2018 PIT. Of this total, 466 individuals(78% of all homeless persons), including 150 children, were shelteredin Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing, or Hotel Placement.  Middlesex County demonstrated a 9% increase in overall homelessness in the last year, however, in the past five years, has seen a decline in homelessness, with an overall 25.5% reduction since 2014.