Volunteer to Help with Annual Homeless Persons Count Jan. 31

Volunteer to Help with Annual Homeless Persons Count Jan. 31

Auburn Hills, MI – Oakland Community Health Network (OCHN) is joining efforts to measure homelessness in Oakland County through the Point-in-Time Count. This initiative is conducted annually to help determine the total number of individuals living unsheltered in Oakland County.

“Improving our understanding of the needs and circumstances of the people who are affected by homelessness in our community is crucial to our ability to address this important issue,” said Oakland Community Health Network Service Network Analyst, Rachel Densmore. “The count provides key data that aids in serving people and taking steps toward ending homelessness.”

OCHN participates in the Point-in-Time Count as a member of The Alliance for Housing of Oakland County. The Alliance is made up of 26 organizations from the private and public sector.

The count is a national effort conducted on one night in January and provides a snapshot of homelessness in communities throughout the U.S. Results of the survey are compiled and released via an annual report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Teams of volunteers are being dispatched from OCHN’s former administrative building at 2011 Executive Hills Blvd. in Auburn Hills on the evening of Wednesday, January 31st. Individuals and groups can volunteer to participate by contacting Aburton-alliance@oaklandhomeless.org.

About OCHN

Oakland Community Health Network is the public mental health system responsible for identifying, influencing, and delivering services and supports to approximately 25,000 Oakland County residents, including individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, adults with mental illness, children with serious emotional disturbance, and persons with substance use disorders. Most of these individuals have Medicaid.

OCHN’s current network of service providers include: Common Ground, Community Housing Network, Community Living Services, Community Network Services, Easterseals Michigan, Macomb-Oakland Regional Center, Oakland Family Services, Inc., and Training and Treatment Innovations. A complete list of substance use service providers is available on OCHN’s website. For more information about OCHN call (800) 341-2003 or visit www.oaklandchn.org.

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