2017_pitThe Marshall County Community Foundation and United Way of Marshall County are working with the local faith community, nonprofit agencies, businesses and volunteers to conduct a survey to collect data on homelessness and housing insecurities in Marshall County. The Point-in-Time (PIT) count is a count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless people on a single night in January.

Families and individuals who have relied on the County Trustee, churches or charities to help them stay housed month-to-month are asked to take part in the survey. Persons facing eviction, who rely on couch surfing or feel they are forced to reside in an unsafe space are encouraged to make their voices heard.

Do you know someone who fits those descriptions? Please tell them about this important count. Accurate data on how many families struggle with housing will empower the community at large to respond in a way that best serves families in need in the county.

Participants may go to the survey locations and times listed below on Wednesday, January 25. Specially trained volunteers will be at each survey location to help in the simple, quick process.

Argos Parkside Church, 225 South Michigan Street, Argos. 6-8 p.m.

Bread of Life Food Pantry, 125 E Laporte St, Plymouth. 1-3 p.m.

Bremen Senior Center, 103 W Plymouth St, Bremen. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

First United Church of Christ, 321 N Center St, Plymouth. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Marshall County Neighborhood Center, 402 W Garro St, Plymouth. 8 a.m. -7 p.m.

Lobby of Mi Camino, by Red Rock Inn, 2550 N Michigan St, Plymouth. 6-8 p.m.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the Point-in-Time count and concerned about housing and homeless issues in our community should contact the Foundation and United Way at 574-935-5159 to see how they may get involved in this important project.