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Washtenaw County Continuum of Care to Hold Community Debrief on 2017 Point-in Time Count 2/28/2017

Debrief will include initial results of the PIT Count, an update on the Built for Zero initiative, and next steps to help people experiencing homelessness in Washtenaw County.

WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI., February 24, 2017 – The Washtenaw County Continuum of Care (CoC) will host a Community Debrief of the 2017 Point-in-Time Count on Tuesday, February 28 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Washtenaw Community College in the Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor.

On Thursday, January 26, 2017, more than 40 volunteers and staff canvased the streets in Washtenaw County to identify individuals and families experiencing homelessness as part of the national Point-in-Time (PIT) Count. The PIT Count is the total number of all persons experiencing homelessness in emergency shelter, transitional housing and unsheltered situations on a single night in January. “In addition to providing a snapshot of homelessness at a single point in time, the PIT Count is used in measuring our local efforts to make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring,” said Mercedes Brown, Human Services Manager at Washtenaw County Office of Community & Economic Development. “This information is particularly helpful given our continued participation in “Built for Zero” –an initiative of 70 communities nationwide working to end chronic and veteran homelessness,” Brown said.

Initial data reveals that Washtenaw County’s efforts are having clear impacts on the local homeless system. “Between the 2016 and 2017 PIT counts, we saw a 12% decrease in the total number of people who were experiencing homelessness in Washtenaw County because of our system-wide efforts to house people as quickly as possible,” said Amanda Carlisle, Executive Director of the Washtenaw Housing Alliance. “Included in this decrease is a 22% decrease in the number of homeless veterans and more than a 50% drop in the number of chronically homeless persons, which points to the impact of our participation in Built for Zero,” Carlisle said.

The partners involved in the PIT count will be hosting the Community Debrief. The event will include initial results of the 2017 PIT count, an update on the Built for Zero initiative, and will focus on the next steps in our local effort to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring. Representatives from all partner agencies will be in attendance including, Washtenaw Housing Alliance, the Washtenaw County Office of Community & Economic Development, Ozone House, Michigan Ability Partners, Avalon Housing, The Salvation Army, and other Washtenaw County Continuum of Care Board and member agencies. The event is free and open to the public.

Washtenaw County Continuum of Care (CoC) coordinates community-based policies, strategies, and activities to end homelessness. To learn more about the CoC and find additional ways to participate, please visit our website

Washtenaw Housing Alliance (WHA) is a coalition of community partners dedicated to ending homelessness in Washtenaw County. To learn more, visit

For more information about the 2017 PIT count or the Built for Zero Initiative, please Amanda Carlisle at or 734.222.3575

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