TAMPA HILLSBOROUGH HOMELESS INITIATIVE
(formerly the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County)
Volunteers Needed - 2015 Homeless Count – Thursday, February 26, 2015
The 2015 Homeless Count in Hillsborough County, coordinated by the Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative in conjunction with our partners, will take place on Thursday, February 26, 2015. Hundreds of volunteers will be needed to canvass the streets, visit meal and service sites and do data entry on the day of the count. There will be early morning, mid-day and late afternoon/evening shifts deploying from several areas of Hillsborough County.
If you are interested in volunteering for the 2015 Homeless Count, please click here and complete the 2015 Homeless Count Volunteer Interest Form.
All count volunteers will be required to attend a pre-count training. Several trainings will be held beginning in early February. Everyone who completes this 2015 Homeless Count Volunteer Interest Form will be notified (via email) of the training schedule once it is finalized.
After completing a training, volunteers will then complete an online Volunteer Assignment Request form. Based on their Volunteer Assignment Request and the needs of the project, count volunteers will receive a Volunteer Assignment Confirmation on Monday, February 23.
Tampa / Hillsborough County Continuum of Care Monthly Meeting
Please attend the monthly CoC meetings on the first Thursday of every month to participate in coordinating and developing housing and services for individuals and families who are homeless.
NEXT MEETING: Thursday, January 8, 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at the Ragan Park Communitiy Center, 1200 E Lake Ave, Tampa, FL 33605. Please join us for networking at 8:30 a.m.
2014 Homeless Count Data
The 2014 Homeless Count in Hillsborough County was conducted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 between the hours of 4 a.m. and 11 p.m. More than 300 volunteers canvassed the streets, alleys, wooded areas and places where homeless people are known to gather for meals, services and housings. Data was also obtained from the UNITY Information Network, our CoC’s HMIS system. THHI utilized a process to de-duplicate responses to ensure an unduplicated count number as well as the SPSS (Situational Package for Social Sciences) to analyze the data.
This year’s analysis of the data went beyond basic demographics and looked deeper into five subpopulations, exclusive of one another:
- Chronically homeless* - non veterans
- Families (as defined by households with two or more people), non-chronic, non-veteran
- Veterans and their families
- Unaccompanied youth
- Individuals , non-chronic, non-veteran
By looking closely at these five subpopulations, we are able to identify the different needs each group has, plan for specific interventions, determine where the greatest needs exist, and better plan to meet the needs of the most vulnerable and most frequent users of homeless services.
- the number of homeless people in essence remained unchanged between 2013 and 2014 with 2,243 literally homeless men, women and children were counted during the 2014 count compared to the 2,275 counted in 2013
- 69 percent were males
- 9 percent were under the age of 18
- 12 percent reported they were Hispanic
- 63 percent reported having a disability (physical, mental, substance abuse, developmental, HIV/AIDS)
Chronically Homeless*, non-veterans
- declined 33 percent compared to 2013.
- represents 15 percent of the total homeless population compared to 22 percent in 2013
- of the 337 non-veteran chronically homeless persons counted this year, most were unsheltered, 67 percent.
Families, neither chronic, nor veteran
- declined by 20 percent, to 396 people living in 144 families
- represents 18 percent of the homeless population
- in 2013, there were 493 homeless people residing in 201 families representing 22 percent of the homeless population
Veterans and their Families
- comprises 11 percent of the total population
- increased 47 percent, from 170 to 250 people
- the VA states that the number of homeless veterans is expected to increase through 2015, as America’s military involvement overseas is reduced
Unaccompanied youth, aged 16 to 24
- increased from just 4 in 2013 to 143 this year,
- represents eight percent of the total population
- no unaccompanied youth under 18 were counted
- because this population is incredibly difficult to reach this number may still be relatively low
Individuals, non-chronic, non-veteran
- declined by 24 percent from 1,467 to 1,117
- represents 50 percent of the homeless population
- in 2013, they represented 64 percent of the total homeless population
Sheltered vs. unsheltered homeless people
- the unsheltered homeless population represents 49 percent of the total population, up from 41.5 percent in 2013
- of those unsheltered, 44 percent were non-chronic, non-veteran individuals, 23 percent were chronically homeless and 12 percent were veterans
The Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County is now the Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative.
Our community has just finished a two-year process of evaluating our homeless and housing system of care, assisted by national homeless and housing experts and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). We are grateful to all who participated in this process. Our new name is a result of the observations and recommendations from this process.
The construction of the name was deliberate and signals a new direction for the community and our organization’s efforts to end homelessness in Hillsborough County. By definition, Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative means it is the Tampa Hillsborough community’s responsibility, collectively, to formulate and implement a single initiative with the goal of solving homelessness.
In the coming months, the Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative will be leading the community in finalizing a single community initiative and implementation strategy based on best practices in housing, community ownership and the involvement of entities from all sectors of the community with the most influence and resources to solve homelessness. The overarching goal will be to achieve sustainable permanent housing solutions for everyone in our community.
Additionally, the next couple of months will be a time for us to update all our organization material, including the web site, to reflect our new name and this new direction.
As someone who cares about their homeless neighbors – whether you work directly with homeless men, women and children through an agency or faith organization, as an employee or volunteer, a donor or advocate – you are invited to be part of this new direction, this new collective impact initiative which will provide a single, community direction to ending homelessness through permanent housing solutions in Hillsborough County. Your first step is to sign up to receive email newsletters and information from us as this will allow you to be among the first to know about opportunities to help as well as share in the community’s successes in moving homeless men, women and children off the street and into permanent housing.
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