Annual Point in Time Count, January
Each year ESHC coordinates the annual Point in Time Count. During this nation wide event, more than 3,000 cities and counties across the country organize thousands of volunteers in a national effort to measure the scale of homelessness in the United States. These counts reveal the number of homeless persons in our shelters and on our streets at a single point-in-time. This effort allows us to find out not just how many people are homeless, but who is homeless and, most importantly, why they are homeless. Being able to answer these important questions is critical if we ever hope to end homelessness.
National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, November
National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week takes place each year
near Thanksgiving. As a season when many of us remember what we are
thankful for, it is also a good time to recognize those who might not be
as fortunate. During this week, agencies organize various events to
raise funds, food, or awareness about this issue in our community. ESHC
helps local organizations spread the word about these events. Last year's National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week was November 16- 24.
Homeless Persons Memorial Service, December
Each year in December, ESHC helps coordinate the Homeless Memorial. Often the death of a homeless person goes unrecognized, and we believe it is important to take time to honor their lives. The event symbolically takes place on the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, in hopes that each day following will be a little brighter. On this day, cities throughout the nation take a moment to honor the homeless people who passed in that year.