2017 Point In Time Training Resources

2017 PIT and Project Homeless Connect Volunteer Opportunities

2017 Point in Time Agency Codes

2017 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 2016 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.

2016 Point in Time

Total: 457 individuals (294 Households) reported being homeless on the night of Point in Time. Of this total, 373 individuals (or 81.6%), including 135 children, were sheltered in Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing, or a Hotel Placement paid by the Board of Social Services or another agency.  Only 84 individuals, including 9 children, were unsheltered, representing a slight increase in the unsheltered from 2015.  The data shows that, in the last year, Middlesex County achieved a 24% overall reduction in homelessness.  Additionally, the past five years have seen a steady decline in homelessness in the County, with an overall 60% reduction since 2012.