CHARLESTON -- The ERBA agency is conducting a survey to count the number of those experiencing homelessness in the Coles County area. They need volunteers from any organizations, churches and/or individuals that are interested. The actual survey will be conducted on Jan. 25. 

The "Point In Time" survey plays a critical role in the task of ending homelessness. Survey results are significant to Homeless Services Delivery in the counties of Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar and Jasper. Federal grants continue to emphasize through scoring the significance of the data reported as well as the process for the data collection. However, most important is the quality and accuracy of the count as opposed to merely the size of the count.

Homeless Service Providers must plan and conduct, at least biannually, a Point In Time count of homeless persons within the geographic area. This includes individuals and families “with a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings, including a car, park, abandoned building, bus or train station, airport, or camping ground."

If you have information that might lead to a homeless family/individual being assisted, please contact your local ERBA Field Office anytime, but the annual Point In Time study will be conducted on Jan. 25 to study existence of homelessness.

For more information contact Taneya Higginbotham, Fieldworker, Coles County ERBA office 217-345-4840 to make arrangements.

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