FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18, 2011
For more information, contact: Kyle Beaulieu 603.391.8725
POINT-IN-TIME COUNT DATA HIGHLIGHTS SUCCESSFUL MANCHESTER PROGRAMS
Strategic use of resources and collaborative approaches result in a decrease in unsheltered homeless persons in one-day count.
Manchester, New Hampshire –– The annual Point-in-Time Count of Manchester’s homeless population was conducted on January 26, 2011. The Manchester Continuum of Care conducts the annual Point-in-Time Count in Manchester to gather information vital to serving the city’s homeless population. The count is conducted during the last ten days of January, as stipulated by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
In 2011, the count revealed that there were 407 homeless individuals residing in Manchester. Of those, 79 were unsheltered, a decrease from 95 in 2010. Please see the attached for a breakdown of sheltered, unsheltered, and temporarily doubled-up homeless individuals and families. For more information, please visit the Manchester Continuum of Care website www.mcocnh.org.
“Our community has worked to provide the best services for those that need them,” said Maureen Beauregard, current Chair of the Manchester Continuum of Care. “It’s encouraging to see the data reflect those efforts.”
The Manchester Continuum of Care has successfully utilized collaborative approaches among its organizations to decrease homelessness. There are also new housing projects under development in Manchester to continue to meet the needs of this vulnerable population, including housing for homeless veterans, chronically homeless individuals, and homeless families.
Despite the progress, Manchester Continuum of Care’s collaborative organizations understand the importance in meeting the continued need. “There is still a lot of need in the Manchester area,” Beauregard said. “In the midst of looming state and federal budget cuts, we need to make sure that these essential services continue to be available for those that need them.”
The results of the count are available on Manchester Continuum of Care’s website, as well as information on Manchester’s collaborative work in ending homelessness.
About the Manchester Continuum of Care:
The Manchester Continuum of Care (MCoC) unifies efforts in the community to prevent and end homelessness. Homeless providers in Manchester, NH collaborate on services and programs through the MCoC to provide comprehensive solutions to ending homelessness. For more information about the MCoC or about this report, call 603.391.8725 or visit www.mcocnh.org.