Training offered for people wishing to assist with the 2017 Point in Time survey of homeless individuals

Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness to provide training during Jan. 4 meeting

Homeless people gather outside Selby Library in downtown Sarasota. File photo

During the January 2017 Continuum of Care meeting, the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness will focus on training for the federally required Point in Time Survey for the homeless populations in Sarasota and Manatee counties, the Partnership has announced.

The Continuum of Care meeting will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, in the Sudakoff Center at New College of Florida, which is located at 5700 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.

Everyone who wants to participate in the 2017 Point in Time survey must complete a training session, a Partnership news release emphasizes. Anyone who wishes to assist with the survey and cannot attend the Jan. 4 training session may choose from other opportunities, the release adds:

  • 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at The Salvation Army of Venice, located at 1051 Albee Farms Road in Venice.
  • 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12, during the Homeless Committee Meeting at The Salvation Army of Sarasota, located at 1701 S. Tuttle Ave. in Sarasota.
  • 9 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, during the PATH meeting at the Manatee Community Foundation, located at 2820 Manatee Ave. W. in Bradenton.
Image courtesy Suncoast Partnership

The Point in Time survey “provides the homeless assistance community with data needed to understand the number and characteristics of persons who are homeless,” the Partnership explains on its website. “The surveys are an important metric for measuring Federal and local progress in preventing and ending homelessness,” it adds. Communities that receive funding for the homeless through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are required to undertake the annual initiative, the Partnership notes.

For questions or concerns about the Point in Time training, persons may contact Amiee Barth at or call 955-8987, Ext. 103, the release adds.