• Point In Time l 2019

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    January 07, 2019

    Point in Time Homelessness Survey and Event

    The Point in Time count is a survey of those experiencing homelessness in our community at a single point in time, on the night of Monday, Jan. 28, 2019.
    The City of Westminster is hosting our second “Everyone Counts” magnet event at the Swim and Fitness Center at 3290 W 76th Ave, Westminster, CO from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019.
    The count helps estimate the number of people experiencing homelessness on any given night. It is also a requirement for all communities that receive HUD funding, and the responsibility of the Continuum of Care, the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative (MDHI). Point in Time counts are reported to Congress by HUD, are often cited in the media, and are used for grant writing and planning, both of which help secure support to address homelessness concerns. This makes participation important!
    Trained Growing Home staff members will interview participants using a standardized survey form.
    The City of Westminster is providing the space, outreach, and free showers with a supply of towels for use at the magnet event.

    How can you help?

    We are asking for the support of your business through a donation to encourage those staying outside to participate in the survey. We would like to facilitate your efforts by picking up donations and providing additional information about this event. We will also acknowledge your organization’s generous contribution on the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative’s website. Examples of needed items include:
     
    Food Items
    ·         Chewy granola or breakfast bars,
    ·         Soft beef jerkey,
    ·         Tuna packets,
    ·         Water or sports drinks,
    ·         A bagged breakfast,
    ·         Fast food gift cards
    ·         Supermarket gift cards
     
    Hygiene Items
    ·         Fresh soap
    ·         Toothbrushes/paste
    ·         Shampoo/conditioner
    ·         Lotion (no fragrance)
    ·         Deodorant
    ·         Diapers
    ·         Tampons or pads
    ·         Lip balm
    ·         Towels
    Cold Weather Items
    ·         New hats or gloves
    ·         New scarves
    ·         Hand warmers
    ·         Sleeping bags
    ·         Backpacks
    ·         Reusable bags
    ·         Rolling suitcases
    ·         Bus passes

    Service donations from professionals such as hair stylists or barbers, massage therapists, acupuncturists and more are also welcome.
    Monetary donations are welcome as well – Unison Housing Partners’ Foundation, LIFE, has agreed to serve as a fiscal host. A check can be written to L.I.F.E. with “2019 PIT Count” in the memo line. Mail to Unison Housing Partners at 3033 W. 71st Ave., Westminster, CO 80030.
    If your organization would like to participate in or contribute to “Everyone Counts,” or have any questions, please contact Kate Skarbek at kskarbek@cityofwestminster.us or call 303-658-2202.