A6: Service Providers Working Collaboratively to Document the Plight of Rural Homelessness
December 4, 20172:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Dr. Heather Feldhaus; Rich Kisner; Leigh Howard
What does homelessness look like in rural communities? The widely reported annual PIT data does not accurately represent the number of people truly impacted by homelessness in rural communities. Come hear about the process used in Columbia County to collect data from organizations that typically do not report data in the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and on clients that are often not counted in other data collection efforts. This data has been used to create a profile of local needs and enhance program development. The presenters will discuss why this data is key to local, regional and CoC-wide planning efforts to reduce and end homelessness.
Moderator & Speaker: Dr. Heather S. Feldhaus, Director, Center for Community Research and Consulting, Bloomsburg University
Speaker(s): Rich Kisner, Executive Director, Community Strategies Group; Leigh Howard, President, Diana T. Myers & Associates, Inc.