Nationally November is seen as Homelessness Awareness Month. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) encourages counties, across the country, to participate in the annual Point-In-Time (PIT) Count. On a single night in January each year, Minnesota’s 10 Continuum of Care (CoC) regions conduct the Point-in-Time (PIT) count of people experiencing homelessness. Volunteers and staff engage people experiencing homelessness in shelters, drop-in centers, transitional housing programs, and unsheltered locations to identify every person and family experiencing homelessness. The count does not include people living in overcrowded or “doubled-up” settings.
Nationally, over 564,000 individuals were homeless, according to 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress.
In Minnesota, 7304 people were identified as homeless on January 28, 2016, which included 944 youth.
In Anoka County in 2016:
48 individuals, were homeless and staying outside
12 individuals, were youth who were homeless and staying outside
Heading Home Anoka, a collaboration of community members, food shelves, school liaisons, law enforcement, shelters, social service and faith based agencies, housing providers and county staff, work together to plan for and provide a coordinated and full range of emergency, transitional and permanent housing and service resources to address the needs of those who are at-risk of, or are currently homeless. Heading Home Anoka hosts training opportunities for members, participates in the Point-in-Time Count, and supports regional planning to prevent and end homelessness.