On Jan. 23, 2020 the Cherokee County Human Needs Network, in association with the Texas Homeless Network and volunteers from the community will conduct a Point-in-Time (PIT) Homeless Count which is a coordinated effort to measure homelessness across Texas.

Trained volunteers will count and survey individuals who are staying in emergency shelters, transitional housing, and unsheltered locations. Our PIT Count will provide a “snapshot” of homelessness in Cherokee County.

It will indicate the minimum number of people experiencing homelessness in our community. Other forms of homelessness, such as people staying temporarily with friends, are not included in a PIT Count.

The PIT Count will improve our understanding of the needs and circumstances of the people experiencing homelessness in our community. The survey will provide us with key data on gender, age, ethnicity, veteran status and more.

Results from the PIT Count will be publically available and we will use the results of the PIT Count to improve our response to homelessness. In the future, successive counts will allow us to measure progress towards our ultimate goal: ending homelessness in Cherokee County.

According to David Peters, the PIT Count Coordinator “this will be the third year Cherokee County has participated in the count”. “The PIT Count helps our community identify and understand the extent and nature of homelessness”, says Mr. Peters. “Furthermore, data from the Count allows us to apply for funding and advocate for increased resources in our community”.

Cherokee County Human Needs Network is part of the East Texas Human Needs Network. We are individuals and organizations working together for strengthened programs, connection, and improved awareness of services that meet essential human needs. 

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