Organization counting homeless people in Bay County and beyond

BAY CITY, MI – A local organization is looking to count those currently struggling with homelessness.

On Wednesday, Jan. 26, the Mid Michigan Community Action Agency (Mid Michigan CAA) will conduct a “Point in Time Count (PIT).” The PIT Count is an annual survey mandated by the federal government to count homeless people in the area, according to the Mid Michigan CAA. According to the organization, this includes those who sleep outdoors or in other places not intended for human habitation such as cars or motorhomes, those who stay in shelters and those who are accommodated with emergency motel vouchers.

“The PIT Count helps us better understand who is experiencing homelessness and how prevalent homelessness is in our communities so we can advocate for additional resources, provide high quality services and end homelessness in our communities. communities,” said Jennifer Rodgers, homelessness program manager at Michigan’s Mid CAA.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) uses the data collected to help determine how to distribute resources to homeless-serving agencies like Mid Michigan CAA. The Mid Michigan CAA said in a press release that it works to guide residents to become self-reliant and works with organizations such as the Good Samaritan Rescue Mission, 211 Northeast Michigan and Michigan Balance of State Continuum of Care.

Residents of Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Mecosta, and Osceola counties who are experiencing or at risk of becoming homeless can call or text 877-213-5955 or email [email protected] .

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