The Butte Countywide Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) has scheduled the Point-In-Time Homeless Study date for Wednesday, January 25, 2017.  It will take place in Gridley at Herman’s Glass from 6 a.m., to 6 p.m.

The Butte CoC is in need of volunteers to help conduct the confidential survey with community members who are without stable, adequate housing. Volunteers are asked to attend a training on January 11th at 6 p.m., at the Gridley Lion’s Den, and be available for a two- to four-hour block of time between 6 a.m., and 6 p.m., on January 25, the day of the study. Contact Vern Hartman at 530-514-6616.

“Conducting a Point-In-Time Homeless Study is a critical source of data for the number of people who are homeless in the county,” said Sherisse Allen. The surveys will collect basic demographic information, as well as information regarding length of homelessness, family size and make-up, veteran status, education level, employment, causes of homelessness, and barriers to accessing housing. This information can be used to acquire funds to bring housing and services to the county to reduce homelessness. It can also be used to develop programs that meet the specific needs of our community.  The Point-In-Time Homeless Study is a requirement of CoCs to ensure annual federal funding, which in the case of Butte County is over half a million dollars each year. The results of the study will be compiled in a report that will be made available by June 2017.

The Butte Countywide Homeless Continuum of Care is a community planning and coordination collaborative established to identify the county’s homeless populations, facilitate the coordinated provision of services to the homeless, identify gaps in services, and seek, secure, and implement additional resources in addressing unmet need and insufficient services.

For complete information on training dates, times and location:  www.buttehomelesscoc.com

For more information regarding the 2017 Point In Time Study contact Sherisse Allen at  sallen@housing-tools.com"sallen@housing-tools.com.