Montgomery County is joining other communities throughout Ohio in conducting its annual Point-In-Time (PIT) count. The 2020 date for the PIT count is Wednesday, Jan. 29.
The PIT count is a one-night count of people experiencing homelessness throughout Montgomery County. The count includes persons residing in emergency shelters – Daybreak, Gettysburg Gateway for Men, Holt Street, St. Vincent Gateway Shelter for Women & Families, and YWCA Dayton Domestic Violence shelter – or sleeping unsheltered or in places not meant for human habitation, such as wooded areas, cars or abandoned buildings.
“Montgomery County strives to utilize community resources efficiently to best serve our residents experiencing homelessness,” said Montgomery County Commissioner Carolyn Rice. “Ending homelessness requires a multifaceted approach. The Point-In-Time Count is a first step every year to quantify the volume of those experiencing homelessness, and it will guide how we best utilize our resources.”
In the early morning hours of Jan. 29, teams of volunteers will canvass known locations looking for people who slept unsheltered the previous night. Several teams will gather at the St. Vincent de Paul Dayton administration office (124 W. Apple Street) and at River Commons at 3:45 a.m. before leaving to canvass in designated locations.
Throughout the day on Jan. 29, individuals will be surveyed at area meal and service sites including House of Bread, Life Enrichment Center, Target Dayton Ministries, CityHeart, St. Paul United Methodist Church and the Samaritan Health Center to identify if they were unsheltered on the previous night.
In the 2019 PIT count, a total of 577 persons in 475 households were counted in Montgomery County. The number of households experiencing homelessness on the night of the PIT Count has fluctuated over time, with the number of households in 2019 just 1% higher than the number in 2010. To learn more about the PIT count, click here.