Catholic Charities will be conducting interviews with the public to measure homelessness in our community. The week of interviews will be focused on where individuals slept during one specific “point-in-time,” Wednesday, January 24, 2018. This Point-In-Time Study (PIT) will be conducted in a five-county region and is part of US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) funding and in partnership with CARES, Inc. A Point-In-Time Study 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 and public library, as well as local food pantries.
For community members interested in helping, Catholic Charities is specifically in need of personal care items (deodorant, shampoo, soap, razors, toothpaste and brush, etc.), men’s warm clothing (hats, gloves, socks and blankets), and bus tokens.
Donations may be brought to The Samaritan Center (380 S. Main St, Elmira, NY), Monday-Friday from 8:30a-3:30p (closed noon-1pm for lunch) or The Schuyler Outreach Food Pantry (112 10th St, Watkins Glen, NY) Tuesday & Thursday: 9am—2pm, Friday: Noon—4pm.
About Catholic Charities of Chemung/Schuyler: Catholic Charities is committed to fighting the effects of poverty and its root causes through its work. Catholic Charities provides a number of needed programs and services in the community with a priority toward the poor. Catholic Charities of Chemung/Schuyler works to ensure that people have food, clothing, shelter, medical services, and the ability to achieve a decent standard of living. For more information on services, please visit www.cs-cc.org or call 607-734-9784.
About CARES, Inc.: CARES, Inc. collaborates with and supports our community to create a system of care to prevent and end homelessness. We do this through: Planning and technical assistance for partner organizations, Providing housing for people living with HIV/AIDS, and Raising awareness of the extent of homelessness and solutions. More information can be found at caresny.org.