Homeless Coalition

CALHOUN COUNTY/GREATER BATTLE CREEK HOMELESS COALITION

Chair, Lee Talmage-Executive Director, Battle Creek Housing Commission
Co-Chair, Nicole DuPont-TCC Operations Lead, Summit Pointe

MEMBERS:
Battle Creek Area Habitat for Humanity
Battle Creek Housing Commission
Battle Creek VA Medical Center
Battle Creek Pride
Calhoun Intermediate School District
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Kalamazooo Michigan / The Ark
City of Battle Creek Community Development
Charitable Union
Community Action Agency
Fair Housing Center of SW Michigan
Haven of Rest Ministries
Legal Services of South Central Michigan
Medallion Management, Inc.
Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness (MCAH)
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)
Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA)
Michigan WORKS! Southwest
PRS of Michigan Inc
SAFE Place
Salvation Army
SHARE Center
Southwest Michigan Development Corporation
Summit Pointe / Summit Pointe Housing
The Coordinating Council of Calhoun County
United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region
Veteran’s Affairs
Voces
Volunteers of America
YWCA (Kalamazoo)

MEETINGS:

  • Housing Solutions Board meets the 3rd Friday of each month at 10am at Summit Pointe, 140 West Michigan Ave, Battle Creek, MI.
  • Homeless Coalition meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 12pm at The United Way of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, 34 West Jackson Street, Battle Creek, MI.
  • HMIS User/ Data Quality workgroup meets the 3rd Tuesday every other month at 10:30am via Webinar set up by MCAH.
  • IST  workgroup meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 11am at The SHARE Center, 120 Grove Street, Battle Creek, MI.
  • Veteran’s Resource workgroup meets monthly, please contact Vicky Clark at vc2@summitpointe.org

EVENTS:
PIT COUNT 
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 through February 1, 2018

Committee Meetings are every Wednesday in January 2018 at 3pm at Summit Pointe Housing, 120 Grove Street, Battle Creek, MI

Please Volunteer to help us Count our Homeless:
PIT Volunteer Form 2018

RESOURCES:

http://www.mihomeless.org/index.php/michigan/documents/pit-kit-resources

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What Is PIT?

  • A count of ‘Unsheltered’ (on the street, vehicle, hand-built structure) homeless
  • A count of homeless persons that are ‘Sheltered’ (shelters, transitional housing)
  • An in-depth, personal interview with unsheltered persons

When

  • Unsheltered Count: January 31, 2017 to February 1, 2017
  • Sheltered Count: Same time – Completed with service/shelter providers
  • Interviews/Surveys: Wednesday, January 31, 2017

Background

  • The project is mandated for all communities by HUD
  • Counts take place across the country at the end of January
  • We partner with the affiliated agencies of the MI-514 Calhoun County/Battle Creek Continuum of Care

Why We Count
People.   Because there are…1190 Literally homeless in Calhoun County
Break down:
 214 Seniors (age 55+) literally homeless, 17.7%
205 Veterans literally homeless, 17.23%
381 persons in families literally homeless, 32%;  66% of those households are female single parents; so 2/3 of literally homeless families are single female parents

  • Results leads to local, State and Federal funds for local agencies
  • Point in Time data leads to targeted services
  • Knowledge. To provide agencies with important data on our homeless population – critical for federal and state grant applications
  • Awareness of the scope and the details of the problem provide the knowledge needed to act
  • Ending homelessness benefits EVERYONE