Point In Time July 2020 Count
On Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020, at 11pm through to 2:30am on Thursday, July 23rd, 2020, Day by Day Warming Shelter and ADVOCAP had two teams of staff and volunteers go out and cover both North-side and South-side Oshkosh, as well as, the surrounding rural communities for the National Point In Time (PIT) Count.
What is the Point In Time (PIT) Count? The Point-In-Time count is conducted twice a year (January and July) to capture a snapshot of what homelessness looks like in each state, city, and neighborhood. The data collected through the Point-in-Time process is reported in the Annual Homelessness Assessment Report (AHAR) that is provided to the U.S. Congress. This information allows homeless service providers to get an idea of where our very own community is at in terms of the homeless population and their needs for housing and supportive services.
This count is intended to include persons that are homeless and are living in emergency shelters, transitional housing, safe havens for the homeless, domestic violence shelters, or who are unsheltered living on the streets or any other place not meant for human habitation. The count is conducted by volunteers to search for unsheltered homeless persons living in Oshkosh, Omro, Winneconne and surrounding cities and towns in Winnebago County.
Day by Day Warming Shelter had six staff and volunteers conducting the PIT count last night. During the count 10 homeless individuals were found sleeping in places not meant for human habitation including parks, benches, vehicles, woody areas, etc. Individuals were given hygiene items, survival kits, resources, and informed of opportunities for summer outreach services at the shelter including showering and laundry facilities, clothing items, a place to get out of the elements for the day, and opportunities to meet with our Program Coordinator to connect to other resources and meet their needs.
From Thursday, July 23rd, 2020, at 6am through to 5pm on Friday, July 24th, 2020, Day by Day Warming Shelter continues the PIT through the Service Based Count based on our services provided through our Summer Outreach and Street Outreach Programs. Anyone who presents for services through these programs, are included in the PIT count if they were sleeping in places not meant for human habitation on Wednesday night, as well as being provided the services both programs offer.