Doug Meyers, owner of Comfort Suites in Stevens Point, recently made a big difference in the life of a young man experiencing homelessness. Meyers donated a stay in a hotel room for several nights to the man after being approached for help by Melissa Randall, who runs the Rapid Rehousing Program for CAP Services.
“This gentleman had been living on the streets and had had several bouts of frostbite,” said Randall. “With temperatures plummeting below freezing, Doug’s generosity may have helped save a life, and we really cannot thank him enough for that.”
CAP’s Rapid Rehousing Program assists people experiencing homelessness to obtain permanent and stable housing through rental assistance and case management.
The homelessness count from July 2014 found a total of 44 individuals experiencing homelessness in Portage County. This count included families and childless adults in homeless shelters and people living in an unsheltered location such as a car, a park or a tent. The count did not include individuals staying with friends or family.
CAP Services will update its count of individuals experiencing homelessness in Portage County the night of January 28, 2015. The count is part of the 2015 Point-In-Time Count coordinated by the Wisconsin Balance of State Continuum of Care as required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Point-in-Time Count is conducted in the state of Wisconsin twice each year – in January and July – to show a snap shot of homelessness in the state.
CAP Services staff and volunteers will begin the count at around 9 p.m. For more information about Rapid Rehousing, the count or to volunteer, contact Randall at 715-343-7127.