Sign up to help count Bridgeport’s homeless population

Volunteers Lisa Bahadosingh and Cathy DiTuri, right, stop to check the map as they take part in the annual Point-in-Time count, which is a census of the Connecticut homeless population, on the East End in Bridgeport, Conn. on Tuesday Jan. 26, 2016. Photo: Connecticut Post

Adequately caring for the homeless requires we know how many people are living in the streets.

Volunteers who care about the homeless population of Bridgeport are needed to conduct surveys and help with set-up and clean-up at Point in Time (PIT) headquarters.

The PIT is a physical count of homeless persons which takes place in communities across the country.

The PIT count is mandated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and annually coordinated by Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) for the state of Connecticut.

PIT accounts for individuals who are staying in emergency shelter; transitional housing; rapid-rehousing; permanent supportive housing; or are unsheltered and are staying on the streets, living in a car, or camping in the woods or other places not meant for people to live.

The Greater Bridgeport Homeless PIT Count is Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The snow date is the following day. The headquarters will be at the Bridgeport City Hall Annex, Margaret Morton Government Center, 999 Broad St.

Volunteer registration is available at:

Please register by Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

Read a story from the Connecticut Post about a previous count.

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