500 Pairs of Shoes Hit the Streets for Point in Time Count
Around 500 volunteers hit the pavement on Thursday to participate in Hillsborough County's 2018 Point-in-Time Count. Volunteers, comprised of people from 83 organizations of both public and private entities, dispatched throughout the County, including in the City of Tampa, Plant City, and Temple Terrace, to help provide a snapshot of the homeless population.
The annual count gives leaders a snapshot as to what the homeless population looks like during a single 24-hour period. The data collected helps public and private partners have a better understanding of who is homeless, why, and for how long.
Hillsborough County's goal is to ensure that homelessness is rare, brief, and nonrecurring by leveraging resources and partnerships. With the Point-in-Time Count information, Hillsborough County's Homeless Services, along with federal, state, local, and private entities, are able to develop more effective strategies to reach that goal. Over the last four years, Hillsborough County has seen a 20 percent overall decrease in homelessness.
Numbers from the Point-in-Time Count will be available in May and the County hopes the declining pattern continues.
Top Photo information:Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, who works daily with the homeless population, was one of the many vital organizations who took part in the 2018 Point-in-Time Count.