January 25, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
City of Kingston to Participate in 2019 Point in Time Homeless Count on Tuesday, January 29
KINGSTON, N.Y. – As a member of the Ulster County Continuum of Care (CoC), Mayor Steve Noble has announced that the City of Kingston will be working with local police agencies, community organizations, service providers and volunteers to conduct the 2019 Point in Time Homeless Count. The CoC completes this count as part of an annual application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which funds over $1 million in homeless housing grants to local human service agencies in Ulster County. The information collected during the count informs the CoC and local municipalities of the need for housing and support services for those that are homeless or in danger of losing their housing.
Unfortunately, the CoC has reported a steady increase in the number of sheltered homeless individuals and families over the past few years. In 2018, the CoC reported 464 persons homeless on the night of January 29th compared to 403 reported in 2017. The number of homeless families also increased from 65 in 2017 to 98 in 2018. Finally, the number of homeless children increased from 147 in 2017 to 183 in 2018.
“As I stated during my annual address, my administration is committed to working with all of our local partners to support our most vulnerable residents,” said Mayor Noble. “I will be participating in this year’s count and look forward to meeting with the CoC in the coming months to review the data collected and to develop additional strategies to end homelessness in our community.”
In an effort to connect with more homeless individuals and families, Mayor Noble has authorized the opening of the Everette Hodge Community Center, located at 15-21 Franklin St. in Kingston, on Tuesday, January 29, from 8:00pm-11:00pm to be used as a welcome center for anyone struggling with homelessness or in danger of losing their housing. Volunteers will be on-site to conduct anonymous surveys and to distribute hot meals, warm clothing, additional food, and personal care items. Human service agencies will have staff on-site to provide information and referrals to homeless services.
The Homeless Count will continue on Wednesday, January 30, at various service-based locations, including Family of Woodstock Walk-in Centers, Caring Hands, Community Action locations, Catholic Charities, and People’s Place. Volunteers will be on-site during regular hours at these locations with a short anonymous survey and personal care packages for those that wish to participate.
For additional information about the Ulster County Continuum of Care and the HUD Point in Time Homeless Count, please contact Kathy Germain at [email protected].