Westminster, MD, Thursday, February 17, 2022 – The Carroll County Circle of Caring Homelessness Board will conduct a Point-In-Time (PIT) count on Wednesday, February 23, 2022. This count helps Carroll County determine the extent of homelessness in the community, conduct outreach to people experiencing homelessness, and obtain grant funding to support homeless assistance and homelessness prevention programs. 

To complete the count, teams of trained volunteers will canvass locations throughout Carroll County, including soup kitchens, social service agencies, food pantries, libraries, encampments, and emergency shelters, to interview those who are homeless or who are at risk of becoming homeless.  In addition, a free hot lunch will be provided to Carroll County’s homeless at Human Services Programs’ (HSP) Day Center, located in the basement of St. Paul’s UCC, 17 Bond St., Westminster, the day of the PIT.  

Carroll County’s homeless count and survey coincides with the national effort by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to conduct annual homeless counts across the country during the last 10 days of January.  In 2022, HUD gave the option of completing the survey during the last 10 days of February, due to high transmission rates of COVID in late January. In Carroll County, the PIT is planned, coordinated, and completed by the Circle of Caring Homelessness Board.

If weather forces a cancellation of PIT activities on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, the PIT will be held on Monday, February 28, 2022.