More than 200 volunteers and Prince George’s County Department of Social Services staff are scheduled to participate in the annual Point-In-Time (PIT) on January 25, 2017. The event is part of a nationwide effort to identify the individuals living homeless in the county. The event will begin at 6:00 a.m. and end at midnight and will entail canvasing homeless encampments, libraries, parks, soup kitchens, public transit areas, shopping centers and eateries.
Unsheltered homeless people are known to frequent the above establishments during the cold winter months. The Department of Social Services is requesting assistance from the community. Residents, who are familiar with where the homeless gather, should contact the Department and relay the information to one of the officials. The Department is also seeking volunteers to help find and count the homeless individuals.
Ready-to-eat food items, gloves, socks, hats, coats, water, blankets, toothbrushes, toothpaste, sleeping bags and hand sanitizers are also being accepted. People can also donate smart trip and gift cards to the homeless and these will be distributed during the count.
Gloria Brown Burnett, Director Prince George’s County Department of Social Services who serves as the lead administering agency for the Continuum of Care (CoC), stated,” that the count is extremely important to providing a glimpse of the need of our homeless population, helps to meet federal requirements needed for existing funding and documents the need for additional funding.”
For more information, please contact Dee Dee Bass Wilbon by email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Internal & External Affairs Liaison
Prince George’s County Department of Social Services
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