Catholic Charities leads the charge in Chemung & Schuyler County to examine homelessness.

PIT 2015Catholic Charities will be conducting interviews with the public to measure homelessness in our community on Thursday, January 26, 2017. This Point-In-Time Study will be conducted in a five-county region and is part of US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) funding and in partnership with the Institute for Human Services. A “Point-In-Time” study (PIT) is a coordinated effort within a specific region to count the number of homeless persons during a specific one-day point in time. HUD requests this information in an effort to better understand and address homelessness at a national level. As a result of this PIT Study, federal funds could be used to address homeless issues specifically within our region. Therefore, Catholic Charities’ funding is directly tied to the completion of this study.

Catholic Charities’ staff will be conducting interviews throughout the day at community organizations and public “warming” locations, for example, the bus station, public library, DSS and EOP.

For community members interested in helping, Catholic Charities is always in need of personal care items (deodorant, shampoo, soap, razors, toothpaste and brush, etc.), warm clothing (hats, gloves, socks and blankets), and bus tokens.  Southern Tier Custom Fabricators recently donated care packs with these essential items. Similar care packs or donations would be greatly appreciated.

Catholic Charities provides shelter to the homeless, food for the hungry and opportunities to end the vulnerabilities that prevent people from living dignified lives. For more information about Catholic Charities or our programs please call 607-734-9784 or browse our website.PIT 2015-2

Donations may be brought to The Samaritan Center (380 S. Main St, Elmira, NY), Monday-Friday from 8:30a-4:30p (closed noon-1pm for lunch) or The Schuyler Outreach Food Pantry (112 10th St, Watkins Glen, NY) Tuesday: 9am—2pm, Thursday: 9am—2pm, Friday: Noon—4pm.