Local Marquette/Alger COC Participates in National Point in Time Homeless Count

January 20, 2013

Every January, more than 400 Continuums of Care (CoC) covering over 3,000 cities and counties across the nation will organize tens of thousands of volunteers in a national effort to measure the scale of homelessness in the United States. These counts measure the number of homeless persons in shelters and on the streets at a single point-in-time. The Point-in-Time (PIT) count for Marquette and Alger Counties will be held January 23, 2013 from 12:00am to 12:00am. Achieving an accurate count is essential for securing funding, support, and for agencies in developing a thoughtful response.

Locally, the effort is being coordinated by Lutheran Social Services and Child & Family Services of the Upper Peninsula and will involve over forty local agencies and law enforcement departments. Defining the extent of rural homelessness presents a significant challenge in that there are no formal homeless shelters excepting the City of Marquette’s Room at the Inn. “Couch Surfing” is the most common form of homelessness in our area. In those cases, the homeless person or family may not necessarily be connected with an agency. Those are the cases where help is needed. The CoC is aware someone knows the person or family in need and may be willing to help them be counted. Anyone interested in volunteering to assist on January 23rd should contact the Sarah Fogaroli of the CoC PIT Committee (906) 226-7410 ext. 24 or by e-mail Sarah.Fogaroli@lsswis.org.

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