Training available for Point-In-Time volunteers

MANISTEE — The United Way of Manistee County will host a training session at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the local office — 449 River St. in Manistee — for volunteers interested in helping with the pre-Point in Time community outreach effort.

Those unable to attend this training in person can visit www.nwmichcoc.com/point-in-time-pit.html for a training video and sign up information.

Those who choose to do the online training will need to pick up resource materials for distribution at the United Way Office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. One may also call to make other arrangements, (231) 723-2331.

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Point-in-Time (PIT) count is a count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night in January, typically held on the last Wednesday of the month.

HUD requires that Continuums of Care conduct an annual count of homeless persons who are sheltered in emergency shelter, transitional housing and Safe Havens on a single night. Continuums of Care also must conduct a count of unsheltered homeless persons. Each count is planned, coordinated and carried out locally.

Each Michigan county is responsible for surveying its population and reporting its findings to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and HUD. The results of the PIT survey, in part, determines the funding in support of housing in the county.

Those interested in volunteering for the official count on the evening of Jan. 31, are asked to contact Bill Jessup at bjessup@goodwillwm.org.

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