Point-in-Time count this weekend


The third annual Point-in-Time count will take place this Saturday and the CNMI Homeless Coalition is urging interested volunteers to sign up before Friday.

According to Jacob Muña, Northern Marianas Housing Corp. office manager and CNMI Homeless Coalition member, the coalition is scheduled to conduct the point-in-time count on Saturday, from 7am to 7pm, and the coalition already has nearly 100 volunteers.

However, volunteers can still sign up before Friday for a short briefing before the actual count.

Muña said that skipping a count is not an option if the coalition still aims to apply for the Continuum of Care grant.

Last year, over 1,000 individuals were considered homeless by HUD definition. That means actual homelessness or living in a home unfit for human habitation.

This year, the number of heads counted during the point-in-time count could possibly be higher because individuals still living in tents will also be counted.

The count is prerequisite for every community that receives federal funds for programs that aid the homeless, particularly the COC grant.

Interested volunteers can contact Muña at 234-7670 or email him at jjmuna@nmhc.gov.mp.
The Tinian and Rota count will be conducted late in April.

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Bautista Esmores has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.
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