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Data Counts! The 2011 Point in Time Count January 25, 2011

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You may have heard that 600 individuals experience homelessness on any given night in our community. Have you ever wondered where that figure comes from?

This number reflects an estimate derived from the annual Point in Time Count. This year the count takes place on Wednesday, January 26th. Staff from homeless agencies, volunteers, and people who are experiencing homelessness will work together to count everyone who is homeless or at risk of homelessness on the night of January 26th.

In addition to shelters and other housing programs, the Buncombe County Department of Social Services, Buncombe County Jail, police from Asheville, Montreat, Biltmore Forest, Black Mountain, Woodfin, and Weaverville, the Mission Hospital, the Charles George VA Medical Center, United Way’s 2-1-1, and agencies that provide crisis services to people in our community will help with the count.

Data collected during the count includes demographic information, causes of homelessness, where people are sleeping, and information about chronic homelessness, veteran status, and other subpopulation data. The count will include individuals and families staying outside, in shelters, and in other housing programs for people experiencing homelessness.

This year, the count will take extra care to include unaccompanied children and families, as well as people who are at risk of homelessness, including those experiencing:

  • Imminent Homelessness – An individual or family who is currently housed and is being evicted, asked to leave or needs to leave for another reason and who is expected to lose their housing within a week and lacks the resources to obtain or maintain housing.
  • Precarious Housing – An individual or family who is currently housed and is being evicted, asked to leave, or needs to leave for another reason and may or may not have the resources needed to obtain or maintain housing.

Asheville-Buncombe’s Point in Time Count is part of a national count. The Point in Time Count process will be used as the primary data source for federal agencies to understand homelessness trends and track progress against the goals and objectives contained in Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to End Homelessness. Additionally, the Congressionally-mandated Annual Homeless Assessment Report is prepared using Point in Time and Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) data.

Throughout the year, data is collected by agencies in Asheville-Buncombe using HMIS. Agencies with accurate and valid data in the system will be able to pull their Point in Time Count from HMIS. This is a significant step forward for our community because it means that data in the HMIS system is now sufficient for evaluation and reporting.

We place a lot of importance on data collection and for good reason! The 10-Year Plan depends on accurate, timely data to inform our decisions and help us understand how effective our actions have been. The Point in Time Count is one of several measures (we’ll be looking at these later on) our community uses to evaluate homelessness and evaluate trends that we can respond to.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated on the results of this year’s Point in Time Count!  And remember! Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


CODE PURPLE: Shelters respond to severe cold December 9, 2010

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Area Shelters Enact CODE PURPLE and Offer Emergency   Cold Weather Services

In response to recent deadly winter weather, area shelters have come together to offer emergency cold weather services to people who are currently experiencing homelessness and would not otherwise have a safe, warm place to stay. To minimize risk to people in Asheville and Buncombe County, when the temperature falls below 32 degrees (or the equivalent with the wind chill factor) area shelters will designate a CODE PURPLE. Persons experiencing homelessness will have the opportunity to come inside and warm up during the day, even if a shelter would typically be closed. Extra floor, cot, and bed space will be available at overnight shelters to ensure that no one has to stay outside. Shelters are encouraging emergency workers and police to urge people outside at night to come inside.

Shelters offering CODE PURPLE services include:

A-Hope Day Center www.hbofa.org 19 North Ann Street, Asheville, NC 28801, 828.252.8883

On CODE PURPLE days, the A HOPE Day Center will open to everyone from 7 a.m. – Noon

ABCCM Veteran’s Quarters www.abccm.org/vets-place.html 1329 Tunnel Road Asheville, NC 28805, 828.299.8791

People seeking shelter can access the Veteran’s Quarters emergency shelter starting at 4 p.m.. The shelter will accommodate additional homeless individuals in our lobby and dining room areas.

Salvation Army, 204 Haywood Street, Asheville NC, 28801, 828.253.4723

The Salvation Army will offer their space for people to come inside and sit during the day.  People can come to the agency for overnight emergency shelter services starting at 4 p.m. The Salvation Army will offer overflow spaces through the use of cots, mats, and blankets.

Swannanoa Emergency Shelter Swannanoa Christian Ministry, 828.669.9404 or Bill Walker at 828.273.0025

Purple flags will be flown at First Baptist Church in Swannanoa, Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry, and soon at Tolley Insurance in Swannanoa on days that the shelter is open. Guests are admitted to the volunteer-run, 16-bed shelter between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. with dinner being served at 6:30 p.m. Guests who arrive after 7:00 p.m. will only be admitted if they have made prior arrangements or if they are brought by law enforcement or a pastor from a local church. The shelter closes at 7:00 a.m.

Western Carolina Rescue Ministries www.westerncarolinarescue.org
225 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801, 828.254.1529

The agency will post a CODE PURPLE on the top right-hand corner of their website and post a CODE PURPLE indicator on the front door of the shelter each night that CODE PURPLE is in effect.  During CODE PURPLE, regular services are enhanced by extending the number of evening overflow spaces through the use of cots, mats and blankets, allowing clients to remain indoors throughout the day in our chapel, encouraging police, paramedics, and other agencies may bring people needing shelter after the normal “closed door” time of 6 p.m.

The above organizations and others in the community will be offering other services to assist persons experiencing homelessness throughout the cold winter months.

The CODE PURPLE effort stems from the collaborative work of the Homeless Coalition, which is a collective of agencies, faith groups, and individuals experiencing homelessness that works on an ongoing basis to address the needs of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 12:30. To learn more, contact co-chair Brian Alexander at brian@hbofa.org.

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