Point In Time
ABOUT THE EVENT
HOPES Center of Racine, one of the member agencies of the CoC, facilitates street outreach year round. However, on the third 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 number of 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 to obtain demographic information that helps us make decisions about gaps in services and 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.
HOW WE DO THE POINT IN TIME STREET OUTREACH?
Volunteers will gather at 10 pm at First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Avenue, Racine, WI
Volunteers will receive an orientation prior to conducting street outreach activities. An experienced leader will guide each volunteer team.
WHAT 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?
Racine County conducts the Point-in-Time activities two times a year, January and July.
During 2020, our PIT count was structured to take into account the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please check back for more information regarding the January 2021 count.