ABOUT THE EVENT
HOPES Center of Racine, one of the member agencies of the CoC, facilitates street outreach year-round on the 4th Wednesday of every month. However, on the fourth Wednesday of January and July each year, homeless service providers and volunteers join forces and “take to the streets” to find persons experiencing homelessness in Racine County and offer them shelter and other services. For a few days after, we visit various locations in the community in search of individuals who we may not have located on the night of Point in Time (PIT).
THE PURPOSE OF POINT IN TIME STREET OUTREACH
The primary goal of the Point-In-Time Street Outreach event is to identify anyone without shelter and help them identify shelter options and other services available in the community. The secondary goal is to obtain demographic information that helps us make decisions about gaps in services and the needs of those experiencing homelessness. It is also a requirement attached to funding for homeless and homeless prevention assistance that is received in Racine County. These funds originate with the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and are administered directly by HUD, the State of Wisconsin, or the City of Racine.
WHAT DO WE DO WHEN WE FIND SOMEONE WHO IS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS?
*Determine if there are any immediate medical, safety, or food needs and address those needs
*Take the individual to shelter
*Assist the individual to contact family and friends if requested
*Provide information about community services and provide direct referrals
*Conduct a brief interview to find out more about the individual’s situation and obtain demographic information
WHEN IS POINT-IN-TIME?
Point-in-Time 2023: Point-in-Time 2023 will take place on the night of January 25th, with teams from the following agencies: Bethany Apartments, HALO, HOPES Center, Hospitality Center, Institute of Community Alliances, Legal Action of Wisconsin, SAFE Haven of Racine, and Women’s Resource Center.
We expect to have openings for community volunteers. More information will be coming in November of 2022!