Get involved with Everybody Counts Charlotte in 2019

Get involved with Everybody Counts Charlotte in 2019

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It’s that time of the year again. Mecklenburg County, in partnership with the city of Charlotte, is preparing for the 2019 Point-in-Time Count: Everybody Counts Charlotte on Jan. 30.

The Point-in-Time Count is when our community comes together to survey and count every person experiencing homelessness on one night.

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Last year, 1,688 people were counted. This number included 167 families, 77 youths and 209 people sleeping outside in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

The first opportunity to get involved in 2019 is the EverybodyGathersCharlotte Event on Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. at the McColl Center at 721 N. Tryon St.

The event will offer food, fellowship and information on the ways to support this important work, such as:

Giving time - Sign up to complete surveys with people experiencing homelessness. Information about volunteer shifts can be found at the event or online.

Donating items - Donate items that will go to people sleeping outside in our community until homes are found. Access the wishlist at the event or online.

Raising awareness - Share information with your networks, friends and families about housing and homelessness using the #EverybodyCountsCLT hashtag and content calendar. The calendar provides data and links to events throughout January. It is available at the event or online.

Mecklenburg County Community Support Services, with partners in the city of Charlotte’s Housing and Neighborhood Services Department, manages the work of the Point-in-Time Count.

Counting is critical to understanding the scope of this problem.

The Point-in-Time Count is an important method to collect information about housing and homelessness that can inform local decision-making.

When combined with all information on system performance, the Point-in-Time Count provides Charlotte-Mecklenburg a way to look at progress in the work to end and prevent homelessness.

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