The last Wednesday of January every year is the 24-hour period in which the federal Housing and Urban Affairs Department (HUD) requires local communities to find and count all those people who are homeless. There are a lot of technical definitions involved in this count and its subdivisions, but it does provide an overall snapshot about what is happening around the nation.
The Haven is responsible for coordinating and collating the data for 22 towns in Windsor and Orange Counties, and adding to the count from Grafton and Sullivan Counties managed by the NH Bureau of Housing and Homelessness. The Haven’s Director of Shelter and Clinical Services Reneé Weeks is part of the Vermont leadership team for this effort, and Haven staff member Karina McNamara is handling the data details for all organizations from our region. Last year’s data showed we were making progress in reducing the number of homeless families and veterans, but we still have high numbers of individuals and couples without children among those without safe and adequate housing.