Annual Homeless Census Taking Place This Month
On January 25, 2017 the annual City of Boston homeless census will occur. Volunteers will go out in coordinated groups to locate and count homeless individuals who are not in shelter that night. Last year the census efforts counted 6,240 homeless men, women and children in Boston the night of January 27, 2016.
Here in Boston, the homeless census is led by the Boston Emergency Shelter Commission in coordination with service providers in the Boston area and volunteers.
Why is this important?
People are homeless for many reasons. Common ones include difficulty finding affordable housing, job loss, domestic violence, substance abuse, untreated mental illness, post-traumatic stress disorder, lack of a support system, chronic medical conditions, and/or physical disabilities.
This census helps accurately represent the number and needs of homeless adults in Boston to ensure that the City of Boston receives appropriate funding and support from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.
How does St. Francis House fit in?
Although St. Francis House is a day-time shelter, we are a vital part of the Boston safety net for individuals experiencing homelessness. We work in concert with the night shelters, filling a much needed niche in day services for homeless adults. We open at 6:30 AM when the night shelters are closing, and close at 3 PM when the night shelters are reopening.
Our case managers work with each guest to address their variety of needs. Several include navigating the housing search process, seeking employment, accessing essential benefits, achieving and maintaining sobriety, resolving legal matters, and providing general support and referrals.