On behalf of the Harford Roundtable partners and the Continuum of Care, we would like to thank all of our churches, organizations and citizens for their generous donations in support of the annual Point-in-Time Homeless Count, an evening outreach conducted this year on Jan. 24. During this year's outreach, donated hats, gloves, coats, blankets, personal care items, food and bus vouchers were distributed to the homeless encountered, and the remaining donations were shared with community shelter providers, Alliance, Inc., Anna's House, Homecoming Project, and Harford Family House, Inc.
We would like to thank the many volunteers who gave their time to assist our office in conducting the count, as well as our local law enforcement officer escorts from the Harford County Sheriffs Office, the Havre de Grace Police Department, the Aberdeen Police Department and the Bel Air Police Department.
Preliminary results from the Point-in-Time Homeless Count demonstrate a total of 166. Breakdown of numbers being served include 98 adults and 68 children sheltered and receiving comprehensive supportive services. Single adults found during our street outreach totaled 8. Detailed demographics will be compiled from the data collected in our homeless database and from the voluntary survey tool used during the 24-hour outreach. Harford County estimates a 3 percent margin of error due to the transient nature of homelessness.
Even with continued budget cuts, our focused effort on better coordination and communication with our partners shelters, providers, mental health, law enforcement - has allowed us to continue to serve those most in need and not grow the number on the street.
This countywide event allows our community to secure the federal, state, and local funding necessary to serve our most vulnerable population and may assist in gaining expansion grants. The data collected during the annual homeless count also allows our community to strategically plan for the future needs of its citizens.
We deeply appreciate your, time participation, and support of this critical process.
Elizabeth S. Hendrix
Director, Harford County Department of Community ServicesCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun