JOINING TOGETHER TO HELP THE HOMELESS
Date: January 17, 2014 PIO Number: 14-1-13
(Photo courtesy of BSO. Front row: Michael Wright, Mayor Barbara Sharief, Susan Winn. Back row: Kimm Campbell, Mike Elwell, BSO Lt. Anthony Demarco, BSO Col. Alvin Pollack, BSO Capt. Scott Russell, BSO Dep. Stephanie Szeto)
Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and the Homeless Initiative Partnership held a news conference at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 16, to announce two new methods that will be implemented to monitor the pulse of the homeless landscape in the county.
With the new 2014 Homeless Point-In-Time (PIT) Count Survey and 100,000 Homes Registry Week, officials will be able to count and track the most chronic homeless people living the on the streets. Typically, people who are chronically homeless also may have other challenges, such as alcoholism, substance abuse, physical or mental illness, etc. This year, the Point-In-Time survey will take place over three days. Persons experiencing homelessness throughout the County will be interviewed, counted, assessed and prioritized.
For the first time, the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) will be utilized to identify and prioritize those who are surveyed in the annual Point-In-Time count. The new methods and focus are an extensive additional effort to help the homeless population in Broward County.
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