PLAINFIELD, NJ -The City of Plainfield and its partners, Union County Dept. of Human Services, Homefirst, Inc., and The Salvation Army, will outreach to the homeless population in the city on Wednesday, Jan. 25th from 1:00-3:00 pm.

The occasion will include a myriad of social services vendors who will be on hand at The Salvation Army, located at 615 Watchung Avenue, to address the needs of the homeless.

Providers of mental health and health screenings will be present, and information on Veteran's benefits, shelters, immigration counseling, and after-school supportive services will be available.

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The effort coincides with the yearly and bi-yearly count mandated by Congress via the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development on a single night in January.  Every community is required to do an annual survey of the number of homeless people in shelters, and a bi-annual survey of the number of homeless people who are unsheltered or living in places unfit for human habitation such as parks or in abandoned buildings.

In 2016, 549,928 people were experiencing homelessness across the United States, according to the November 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congresspdf.  A third (32%) were in unsheltered locations versus those in shelters and other housing programs.  Almost a quarter (22%) were children.

The Point-In-Time (PIT) Count is targeted for late night Jan. 24th into early morning of Jan. 25th.  County staff and sheriff officers will search for homeless people in conspicuous and non-conspicuous places where homeless persons abide. These persons will then voluntarily be transported to the Union County One Stop where they are provided warm food and clothing, and are informed about the outreach event to take place later that day at The Salvation Army.