The annual point-in-time (PIT) count of the homeless was once again organized by Helping Hands. During a 24-hour period in January, teams throughout the county found:
- 103 persons in emergency shelters
- 36 persons in transitional housing
- 43 persons unsheltered
These numbers included twelve homeless families and three unaccompanied homeless youths.
The PIT count is always an undercount of the actual homeless in Rockland County, since HUD guidelines do not consider persons “couch surfing” to meet their definition of homeless.
The good news from this year’s count is that more people are seeking emergency shelter during the cold months and that we are finally able to provide this for them. Our long term goal, of course, is to end the scourge of homelessness permanently.