2013 MANCHESTER HOMELESS CENSUS RELEASED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 19, 2013

For more information, media related, contact: Susan Howland – 603-391-7927
For more general information contact: Kaitlin Simpson – 603-641-9441, ext. 223

OUTREACH WORKER LEADS GROUP DURING THE UNSHELTERED HOMELESS POINT-IN-TIME COUNT – Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester’s homeless outreach worker, David Carroll, leads a group of volunteers (from the left: Doug Howard of Child and Family Services, Kelsey Grist of Manchester Homeless Services Center, David Carroll of the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester, and Olivia Warren of Families in Transition) during the overnight unsheltered Point-in-Time Count. Groups gathered in the early morning of Wednesday, January 23rd to walk the streets of Manchester and count the homeless they saw.

2013 MANCHESTER HOMELESS CENSUS RELEASED

Manchester’s annual homeless Point-in-Time Count results were released and showed an increase in homelessness from last year.

Manchester, NH – Official numbers for Manchester’s 2013 Point-in-Time (PIT) Count, a census of the homeless population in the city, have been released, showing an overall increase from 2012.

In 2012, the number of literally homeless in the City of Manchester was 399. This year, the number has decreased slightly to 382. However, when adding the number of individuals who are living with family and friends, or “doubled-up,” the number increases from 538 in 2012 to 669.

“The Manchester Continuum’s Point-in-Time Count has been essential in providing the city with an annual census of the homeless population,” said Susan Howland, MCoC Chair and Director of Homeless Services for the City of Manchester/Granite United Way. “The city’s homeless and housing providers have made incredible strides in decreasing the number of people experiencing homelessness, but there are concerns over increases in the number of people living doubled-up with friends and family – a clear indication that we need more affordable housing.”

PIT Counts are conducted each year by Continuums of Care (CoC) across the country, as mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Within each CoC’s geographical region, a sheltered and unsheltered count is taken of all the homeless persons. In addition to providing much needed data on a local level, PIT Counts also help HUD keep track of national trends in the homeless population.

If you would like to help prevent and end homelessness in your community, urge your local, state, and congressional delegation to increase affordable housing in New Hampshire.

The Manchester Continuum of Care (MCoC) is a network of organizations and businesses that unifies efforts in the community to prevent and end homelessness. For more information on the MCoC and its member organizations, or to donate or volunteer your time, visit its website at http://www.mcocnh.org.

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