Progress Report on Reducing Homelessness
from the Coordinating Council on Homelessness
The number of persons experiencing homelessness is tracked by our annual Point in Time count each January. These numbers indicate the progress that has been made since we began using a community-wide plan in 2013:
January, 2011: 113
January, 2012: 124
January, 2013: 120
January, 2014: 88
January, 2015: 83
Since July 1, 2015, we have housed 146 people. And since we began our coordinated community-wide approach in 2013, the total of persons experiencing homelessness has been cut in half.
Because we had a community-wide plan, in fiscal year 2013-2014, we were able to secure an Emergency Services Grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) of $100,000 for prevention of homelessness and rapid re-housing of persons experiencing homelessness. This grant was renewed for 2014-2015 for $85,000 (all programs across the state received a 15% reduction due to a decrease in HUD funding).
This year, our community has had our HUD funding increased to $200,000.
The guidelines for these awards are that they go to communities that are showing success in reducing homelessness. So this large increase is a strong affirmation of the entire network of entities who are working together to produce significant positive results.
In addition, the Coordinating Council on Homelessness has received grants from United Way, the Corporate Social Responsibility Class of the WVU School of Business & Economics, the John Mathew Gay Brown Family Foundation, the Sisters of St. Joseph, the Synod of the Trinity of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., and the Morgantown Rotary Club. A community-wide solicitation this winter has brought in over $17,000. We believe that all these numbers indicate the importance which our community places upon our work.