January 24, 2017
Concord, NH – On January 25, 2017, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and providers that serve homeless individuals and families will conduct the annual Point-in-Time (PIT) count, a coordinated effort to identify people in New Hampshire experiencing homelessness. The DHHS Bureau of Homeless and Housing Services (BHHS) will determine the number of sheltered and unsheltered persons for a 24-hour period in the three local homeless Continuums of Care: Greater Nashua, Manchester, and the “Balance of State,” which BHHS coordinates.
This count is a snapshot of how many people and youth are experiencing homelessness on any given day in New Hampshire. It is based on information reported from city and town welfare offices, homeless shelters, police and fire departments, faith-based organizations, outreach workers, the 2-1-1 Call Center, and other organizations serving people and youth experiencing homelessness in the State.
In January of 2016, the PIT count reported 1,706 homeless individuals across the State. Of that number, 1,174 were sheltered, 143 were unsheltered, and 389 individuals were doubled up (temporarily residing with family or friends). There were a total of 932 single people and 774 persons belonging to 267 families.
An accurate unduplicated count is provided to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help determine funding that directly benefit individuals, youth, and families experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless in New Hampshire.
Individuals who are interested in helping to conduct the count may call the Bureau of Homeless and Housing at 603-271-9196 for more information on volunteer opportunities.