RUSKIN — The annual homeless count in Hillsborough County, coordinated by the Tampa/Hillsborough County Continuum of Care (CoC) and led by the Tampa Homeless Initiative in conjunction with community partners will take place on Thursday (Feb. 23).
The more rural areas, including Ruskin, can be challenging to obtain an accurate count of persons experiencing homelessness.
To that end, the Tampa Homeless Initiative will host a dinner during the National Street and Shelter Point-in-Time Count from 5 to 6 p.m. at St. Ann's Catholic Church, 106 eleventh Ave NE.
Those who attend will receive a free dinner and toiletries.
In addition, three bikes, including helmets and locks, will be raffled off for those who participate in the survey.
The data, collected through a short survey and observation during the Homeless Count, provides a Point-In-Time (PIT) 'snapshot' as to what the homeless population in the community looks like during a single, 24-hour period to help community planners better understand, through demographic information, who is homeless, why, and for how long.
Residents interested in helping with the count or helping their homeless neighbors can volunteer to conduct the street count or at a special count event (like the one in Ruskin), make a monetary contribution to help provide supplies needed to conduct the PIT Count or donate travel-size items.
For more information visit, thhi.org/2017-pit-count-volunteers-and-donations-needed.