On January 26, 2016, Deborah’s Place was among several organizations to collaborate in the annual point-in-time (PIT) count, which estimates the number of homeless living in the city of Chicago. The 2016 count indicates that homelessness has hit its lowest point in over a decade, with only 5,889 homeless being counted this year, according to the official report. The count, which takes place throughout the city of Chicago, travels through various neighborhoods, overnight shelters and even public transportation lines. Deborah’s Place is one of two agencies that coordinates the count on Chicago’s west side.
One of the more notable findings was the large drop among the homeless, consisting of individuals in streets, vacant buildings, the CTA, or other places not intended for sleeping. Although there were fewer people to be found unsheltered, there has been an increase in the number of unsheltered females. Furthermore, it’s important to note that the count only serves as an estimate. This count does not include the number of people who are homeless staying with family and friends on that night, as well as other uninhabitable areas not counted.
With these estimates, it’s hard to know just how many unsheltered females are in need of housing. In our efforts to eliminate the issue of homelessness within the city of Chicago, Deborah’s Place is working as part of a collaborative effort to house the women who are part of the north side encampment, in addition to our existing housing programs. We are doing all we can to ensure that unsheltered females have a place to call home.
We encourage you to read the entire report and check out the statistics for your wards. For info on how you might be able to participate in next year’s PIT count, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the report here.