GREENVILLE, SC, January 2, 2017 – Beginning on January 24 and continuing through January 31, the Upstate Continuum of Care (CoC) will conduct a census of individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness. Known as the Point-in-Time (PIT) Count, this annual census is an important tool for understanding the present needs of our local homeless population and providing direction for the development of future services.
Over the course of one week, trained community volunteers and diverse service providers will administer a short survey to homeless persons in sheltered and unsheltered locations throughout the Upstate. The survey process allows the Continuum of Care to learn more about the housing situations and demographics of individuals and families who are homeless and to help connect them to local resources and services for which they may be eligible.
The PIT Count seeks to identify single adults as well as people in families who are staying in emergency shelter, transitional housing, temporary or seasonal centers, and in unsheltered conditions. In 2018, there is a special effort to reach unaccompanied youth (between the ages of 18 and 24) who have unstable housing conditions and veterans who are experiencing homelessness.
The 2017 PIT Count identified 1,317 people who were homeless in the 13-county Upstate region that covers Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Edgefield, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Oconee, Pickens, Saluda, Spartanburg and Union counties. This number included 230 chronically homeless individuals, 245 victims of domestic violence, 419 in households with at least one child, and 79 veterans.