Coming Home coordinates the annual Point in Time Survey (PIT) Survey in Middlesex County.
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).
Historically, 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.”
Because of the pandemic we will not open such locations in 2021.
Because of the pandemic, we are not able to avail ourselves of the help of volunteers in 2021.
A total of 666 individuals were homeless on the night of the PIT. 565 individuals, including 181 children, were sheltered. 265 were single individuals and 300 were in families, including 181 children. 79% of these families were headed by single moms. 99 households (101 Individuals) were Unsheltered.
Men comprise the majority of homeless adults without children at 74%, while women represent 80% of adults in households with children. Children comprise 27% of the total homeless population. 18% (80 households) were “Chronically Homeless.”
individuals in Middlesex County without a place to call home
of sheltered families were headed by female single parents
of the total homeless population is composed of children
households were completely unsheltered (living in streets)
households were considered “chronically homeless”
individuals, including 181 children, were sheltered