The statewide annual count of individuals experiencing homelessness will take place this Wednesday, Jan. 24. Service providers and volunteers in local communities across Indiana will be conducting the 2024 Point-in-Time (PIT) Count for Indiana.

The purpose of this annual count of people experiencing unsheltered or sheltered homelessness is to provide an easy-to-understand data point that helps state and local leaders measure progress toward ending homelessness and helps plan services and programs to appropriately address local needs.

“It is essential to have an accurate Point-in-Time Count so that Indiana policymakers understand what needs to be done and what progress is being made,” said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. “It also ensures Indiana receives the resources we need to address the critical issue of homelessness and help some of the most vulnerable Hoosiers around the state.”

Marshall County will participate in the PIT Count this Wednesday, January 24th.  There are several locations where those experiencing homelessness or home insecurities can participate.  The PIT Count will be held in Argos at the Public Library from 1 to 3, in Bremen at the Grace Food Pantry from 11 to 4, and in Bourbon at Faith First Fellowship Church from 1 to 3:30 and again from 5:30 to 6.  The PIT Count will also have four locations in Plymouth, the Bread of Life Food pantry from 12:30 to 3:30, Marshall County Neighborhood Center from 5 to 6:45, the lobby of the Red Rock Inn from 5 to 7 p.m. and at St. Thomas Episcopal Church from 1 to 3.  Participants will receive a personal care package while supplies last.    

“Understanding the homeless population within our county is an essential step toward building a community where no one is left behind,” said Barb Holcomb, the Marshall County PIT Count coordinator. “Recognizing the faces and stories of those experiencing homelessness allows us to confront the systemic issues that perpetuate this crisis.”