Catholic Charities of Chemung and Schuyler will be conducting interviews with the public to measure homelessness in Chemung and Schuyler Counties. The week of interviews will be focused on where individuals slept during one specific “point-in-time,” Wednesday, January 30, 2019. This Point-In-Time Study (PIT) will be conducted in a five-county region across the southern tier known as the NY501 Continuum of Care (CoC) and is part of US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) funding.

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 to better understand and address homelessness at a national level. Because 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.

In 2018, there were 467 individuals who experienced homelessness and received services in Chemung County. In Schuyler County, there were 115 individuals. Of the total 582 individuals, 119 were under 18 years old.

For community members interested in helping, Catholic Charities is specifically in need of bus tokens, grocery gift cards and granola bars/trail mix/individually wrapped snacks. Donations may be brought to Catholic Charities’ Main Office (215 E Church St, Elmira, NY), Monday-Friday from 8:30a-4:30p (closed noon-1pm) or The Schuyler Outreach Food Pantry (112 10th St, Watkins Glen, NY) Tuesday & Thursday: 9am—2pm, Friday: Noon—4pm.

To learn more about the NY501 Continuum of Care (CoC) contact 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.