Citywide effort to count the homeless

February 1st, 2018
The PIT Count team headed by Southwest Solutions' Donna Williams (right, standing) surveys two homeless individuals sleeping outside a building in downtown Detroit. Southwest Solutions' Julie Dressler takes down information from Gina, who is homeless. Mike Polsinelli, Director of HUD's Detroit Field Office, hands a bag of supplies to Gina. Mike accompanied the Southwest Solutions' team.

Teams of volunteers canvassed Detroit on January 31 to identify and count homeless individuals as part of the annual Point In Time (PIT) Count.

Detroit has made significant progress in its comprehensive and concerted effort to address homelessness. Last year, the homeless system in the city housed 324 chronically homeless individuals, according to Arthur Jemison, Detroit’s Director of Housing and Revitalization, who spoke at the PIT Count event. In addition, Jemison said, one third of the unsheltered individuals identified in the 2017 PIT Count were placed in permanent housing; and last year’s PIT Count showed a 20% reduction in the total number of people sleeping on the streets or in shelters from 2015. This year’s PIT Count is expected to show continuing progress.

“The only real solution to homelessness is permanent housing,” Jemison said.

Three teams from Southwest Solutions participated in the Count last night.

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