For Immediate Release
Media Contact for THHI and Point-In-Time Count:
Antoinette D. Hayes-Triplett
Chief Executive Officer, THHI
Hillsborough County, Fla. (Feb. 21, 2018) – Tomorrow, Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative (THHI), Tampa/Hillsborough County Continuum of Care member agencies, and nearly 500 volunteers will deploy from eight locations across the county to conduct the annual Point-In-Time (PIT) Homeless Count. Hillsborough County will host the PIT Count Command Center on the first floor of the County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd., in Tampa.
Event details are as follows:
- The count will be conducted in three shifts. Volunteers will report to their assigned deployment location at the beginning of the shift, then disperse into the field approximately 30 minutes later. The shifts are: 6 a.m. to 11 a.m., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- 6 a.m. – THHI’s Chief Executive Officer, Antoinette D. Hayes-Triplett, will be available for interviews at Hyde Park United Methodist Church, 500 W. Platt Street in Tampa. Parking is available in the main church parking lot.
- Volunteers will visit encampments, meal sites, shelters, and other locations frequented by our homeless neighbors. Those staying in emergency shelters and transitional housing will be included in the count as well.
- Data will be collected through a brief survey and observation, providing a snapshot of the homeless population in our community during a single, 24-hour period.
The homeless count is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the local Continuum of Care (CoC) funding process, which brings in nearly $7 million annually in federal funding to Tampa and Hillsborough County. This data will be used to help implement housing solutions to reduce the length of time a person is homeless and the number of people experiencing homelessness. The funding provides permanent housing, rapid-rehousing, temporary shelters, and supportive services.