Homeless Supportive Services
Continuum of Care Point-in-Time Count
During the last 10 days of January, more than 400 Continuums of Care programs, covering over 3,000 cities and counties across the country will organize tens of thousands of volunteers in a national effort to measure the scale of homelessness in the United States. These counts reveal the number of homeless persons in our shelters and on our streets at a single point-in-time. These one-night snapshot counts also provide local planners with data they need to understand the number and characteristics of persons who are homeless so they, in turn, can develop a thoughtful response. This effort allows communities to find out not just how many people are homeless, but who is homeless and more importantly, why they are homeless. Being able to answer these important questions is critical if we ever hope to end homelessness. Call Ryan Vernick at 610-439-8653 x41 if you would like to learn more.
Ending Chronic Homelessness
A chronically homeless person is an unaccompanied disabled individual who has been continuously homeless for over one year or who has had frequent, multiple episodes of homelessness. The Homeless Supportive Services (HSS) program's mission is to ensure that every formerly chronically homeless person will have the support services, health care, and employment opportunities needed to live as independently as possible in safe, sanitary, accessible, and affordable permanent housing of his or her choice.
The Lehigh County Conference of Churches, the City of Allentown, and over 40 nonprofit organizations and government agencies established a 10 Year Plan To End Chronic Homelessness and joined in implementation. A key ingredient to the success of these efforts has been improved access by homeless persons to mainstream health services, social services, and job programs.
Director: Ryan Vernick
LEHIGH COUNTY CONFERENCE OF CHURCHES