2016 PIT Survey Results
The 2016 PIT Survey (Point-In-Time) results are back from the Texas Homeless Network.
Number of surveys recorded – 70
Number of adults in households – 123
Number of children in households – 30
Total number of people – 153
Chronically Homeless* – 5
* A person living in emergency shelter, safe haven, or a place not meant for habitation who has a disability, and who has been homeless for at least one year or at least four times in the past three years (total time would equal 12 months or more).
Click HERE to download a copy of the “Concho Valley Tabular Report 2016.pdf.”
Although we submitted 129 surveys (209 total number of people) to THN, only 70 surveys qualified under HUD’s homeless definition: only those staying in emergency shelter, Domestic Violence shelters, transitional housing, hotel/motel (paid for by voucher), and places not meant for human habitation are homeless for the PIT.
The highlighted numbers from the PIT Survey are the ones that agencies will use when applying for HUD grant money.
Please be careful when using numbers from the tabulated results in the PIT Survey. For example: 61.5 percent of people reported having had a domestic violence experience. This number reflects 61.5% of the 65 people who responded to the question and not all 153 people counted in the survey.
CVHPC To Conduct Secondary PIT Survey
In the next few months, we are going to conduct our own survey, expanding the PIT Survey definition of homeless to also include the number of at-risk people living in the Concho Valley (people and families that are couch-surfing and living doubled up). This number will be more in line with the numbers used by Health and Human Services and many of the organizations in San Angelo for other than housing purposes.
If you would like to take part in planning and conducting the survey, please contact Scott Heiser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raymundo and his new bride of two years came to San Angelo just a few weeks ago to look for work. They are staying with his cousin for now in a very small house. Prior to coming to San Angelo, they had lived on the streets in the Midland/Odessa area for over two years after losing his job in the oil fields. Unemployed and homeless, this family has been through the ringer.
Raymundo has spent time in Rivercrest hospital for severe depression coupled with suicidal tendencies. He is fine when he has his medications but when he does not have the money to renew his prescriptions, it gets a bit worrisome. I suggested that when this happens, he should visit Project Dignidad and Catholic Charities for financial help. Both of these charities give money for prescription medications.
His wife has sought counseling after her previous husband was murdered right in front of her. Raymundo does his best to help her through the rough days. Their love for each other has seen them through some very tough times.
Raymundo proudly pushes out his chest when he talks about his son who has served in the Armed Forces for over 14 years. The two of them wore a smile on their faces for the entire time they visited with us at The Ministerial Alliance on January 21, 2016. They found some well-fitting shirts, a jacket and much-needed personal toiletry items. Both of them got a free haircut, after which you would have thought they won the lottery. Exuberant over her new hair style, Raymundo’s wife was taking selfies (before and after) and showing them to everyone who would stop to look.
Raymundo has run into problems accepting employment in San Angelo because he does not have transportation. Raymundo told me he didn’t realize how much San Angelo has grown since he was here a decade or so ago. All of the employers who were ready to hire him want him to be at work before the buses start running in the morning. This is tragic. Right now, he is at an impasse but continuing to look for work that is within walking distance from where he is currently living.
Adam is a divorced, middle-aged man who has lived under a bridge somewhere in San Angelo for the past year. He has bone spurs in both feet making standing and walking very difficult. He is a diabetic and often shakes uncontrollably because he has no way to control his diet. The possibility of going into diabetic shock is constantly on his mind. He eats at the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen every day which is usually the only meal he gets in a days time. Weekends are really hard, sometimes not having anything to eat except for an occasional orange or apple. He also suffers from several depression and other mental illnesses which he has recently been keeping under control (taking his meds as prescribed).
Sometimes suicide seems like the only way out when you are suffering from severe depression. Adam has had several stays at Big Springs and Rivercrest hospitals because of his mental illness and suicidal tendencies. Not being able to work because of the constant pain exacerbates his condition. He has been refused Supplemental Security Income (SSI) because of his admitted occasional use of marijuana which is the only thing that seems to give him relief from the constant pain caused by his bone spurs. He told me that he does not smoke cigarettes nor does he drink alcohol but will smoke marijuana when it’s available. Other pain relief medication is not within his means because of the cost.
One recent bright point in his life is when he received a restored bicycle from Rust Street Ministries a few weeks ago. He is now able to get around town without the intense pain walking causes him. Adam was one of the many people who received a free hair cut at The Ministerial Alliance. With his new bicycle, a roguish looking beard and a fresh haircut, Adam is ready to tackle life once again, albeit still living under a bridge.
I suggested to Adam that help is available for his bone spurs and that he contact the Wesley Nurse at the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen. She has a few options at her disposal, the most promising being a referral to the Department of Rehabilitative Services (DARS) where he can receive the medical care he needs (surgery to remove the bone spurs) along with training and job placement for a new career. With a job and affordable housing, Adam will be empowered to prepare his own meals to better control his diabetes and prevent the return of bone spurs in his feet.
Carol is a soft-spoken outgoing woman who lives in a one bedroom apartment she rents for $500 a month. She receives a monthly disability check of $720 and a SNAP food amount of less than $50 a month. After paying her rent and her cellphone bill, she lives on the rest plus a small amount she earns cleaning the house of a wheelchair bound man. Her only transportation is the bus which she takes every day to the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen for a hot lunch and the camaraderie of her friends.
She lives in survival mode every day and has for more than two decades after fleeing an abusive husband with her two small children. When her now grown children were just six and eight years old, she had decided enough was enough and left her abusive husband. She and her children spent a month living on the streets until she was able to find a place to stay and a job. She cleaned houses for a living but often availed herself of the generosity of the good citizen’s of San Angelo when times really got bad. She knows which churches in town give groceries, clothing, bus passes and how often she can visit them. She is a survivor. She said that she often rides the bus around town so that she can help people lift their bags onto the bus and secures bicycles onto the bus, helping the bus drivers keep their schedules.
On Thursday, she had nothing else planned for the day, so I recruited her as a volunteer to help sort and put out clothing and bags of personal hygiene products (Blessing Bags) which were donated by Somebody’s Rusty and CrossPointe Church’s Homeless Ministry. She was an amazing volunteer and much appreciated. Throughout the day we had a few chances to sit down and talk. The most amazing thing about Carol is her spirit. She loves people and would give the shirt off her back to someone in need. She has a network of friends who are extremely important to her. All of whom are in the same basic place in life – surviving one day at a time.