CAP Services’ 2015 Point-In-Time Count shows an increase in people experiencing homelessness in Portage County.
The July Point-In-Time Count, which is coordinated by the Wisconsin Balance of State Continuum of Care as required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, found a total of 62 individuals experiencing homelessness – Eight in an unsheltered locations – in Portage County, an increase from 44 counted last year at that time.
“We are working to bring an end to homelessness yet results from Point in Time’s across Wisconsin show homelessness on the rise,” said Melissa Randall, a CAP employee who coordinated the count locally. “Sixty-one percent of those who were homeless in 2014 were newly homeless.”
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.
The Point-in-Time Count is conducted around the state of Wisconsin twice each year – in January and July – to show a snap shot of homelessness in the state.
CAP’s Rapid Rehousing Program assists people experiencing homelessness to obtain permanent and stable housing through rental assistance and case management. For more information about Rapid Rehousing, the count or to volunteer, contact Randall at 715-343-7127.