Friday News Roundup: the PIT counts!

written by naehblog
January 28, 2011

Happy Friday, friends!

So, we could continue to flout the continued coverage of our newest report – The State of Homelessness in American (wink, wink!) – but I trust you’ve grown weary of our obsessive affection for that report. And rest assured, we’ll have plenty more posts about the report from friends and fans alike!

Homelessness news this week – no big surprise here – was all about community point-in-time (PIT) counts. (And snow.) Projected numbers, need for volunteers, implications on governments – local media covered the story from all angles.

The Review Journal in Las Vegas projected an increase in their count; the opposite was true according to WBUR-FM in Boston, which reported a dip in their numbers.

The community papers in Montgomery, AL and Detroit focused on the effort involved in reaching out to this oft-overlooked population. Our friends at the Los Angeles Times provided a detailed account of what it takes to conduct that sprawling city’s count – no easy feat by anyone’s standards.

And then there were the stories that put a human face on the annual task. The Dayton Daily News of Ohio profiled a 19-year-old young man who had aged out of the foster care system only to wind up on the streets. The Herald of Washington state focused on a volunteer who had once experienced homelessness himself who was now helping with the Snohomish County’s count.

And you know we were there to lend a hand for the DC count!

Members of the Alliance staff braved the post-snow cold to participate in this year’s PIT – and they weren’t alone! Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun DonovanDeputy Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Scott Gould, and Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness Barbara Poppe joined volunteers and advocates to conduct the DC PIT count. We got to mingle with celebrity pols!

And in case you’ve forgotten just why we do what we do – check out Pete’s post on the importance of the PIT count from a few days ago.