Every person counts…
Such a simple statement and yet something that Strategies to End Homelessness and our partner homeless service providers remember every single day.
The homeless service system in Cincinnati and Hamilton County has been designated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a national standard. Through our coordinated system, we ensure every single person is prioritized for placement into housing when they find themselves on the streets or in shelter services. We used data from 100% of our homeless services organizations to improve the system and inform decisions as we continue to fight to end homelessness.
While 90% of homeless people in Hamilton County enter shelter, there are some who do not seek shelter or services, but who deserve to be counted; who deserve to be included and recorded.
Realizing this need, HUD designates that on one night every year, homeless service providers and volunteers across the United States—including Cincinnati—count the number of people experiencing homelessness in our community, those in shelter and those still on the streets. This event is called the “Point-in-Time Count,” and identifies the number of homeless adults and children in the United States at one point in time. Information from this count is submitted to HUD and used to assess the state of homelessness across the country.
In 2016 we identified 1116 homeless unduplicated individuals – 60 of whom were sleeping outside in the cold winter weather. Our community is very fortunate to have a variety of services that provide emergency shelter to individuals and families, as well as a winter shelter that opens its doors to anyone who needs a warm place to sleep; however, there are always a few people that remain outside, and we will never forget that they count.
On January 24, a team of about 30 street outreach workers and volunteers will separate into small groups and walk the streets of Cincinnati and Hamilton County to engage with the people for whom the streets are their home. Each person that is identified will be offered a ride to the winter shelter, connection to services, and some basic items that they need for survival, as well as some comfort items as well.
This is where you come in. We need your help! Strategies to End Homelessness is organizing a donation drive to make 100 bags of supplies to distribute on the night of the Point-in-Time Count.
Ways you can help:
1. Make a donation of any of the following: (please note that all donations should be NEW items!)
|Toothpaste & Toothbrush||Mouthwash||Deodorant|
|Hand or body wipes||Lip balm||Hand warmers|
|Menstrual Products||First aid items||Tissues|
|Reusable Grocery bags||$5 fast food gift cards||Bottled water/juice|
|Heat packs||Non-perishable individually-wrapped snacks|
2. Volunteer to organize supplies and assemble bags. We will be hosting an “assembly party” on Monday, January 23 from 6pm-7pm at our office to create these care packages.
3. Make a monetary donation – a $25 dollar donation will provide supplies to assemble 3 bags! Click to donate now!
The donation of toiletries and clothing can be dropped off at Strategies to End Homelessness, located at 2368 Victory Parkway, Suite 600, Cincinnati, OH 45206 from 8am to 4 pm on weekdays. For more information or questions, please contact Amanda Davis (email@example.com or 513-263-2783).
Any surplus supplies will be donated to our Street Outreach teams.
Thank you in advance for your generosity, and for helping ensure that today and always, our most vulnerable community members count.