Many Pillars staff participated in the summer Point-in-Time Count coordinated by the Fox Cities Housing Coalition.
Community volunteers and staff from local housing agencies formed ten teams at the Salvation Army-Fox Cities in Appleton before walking and driving throughout the Fox Cities late Wednesday night into the early hours of Thursday morning to identify and provide resources to unsheltered individuals.
In total, 35 unsheltered individuals were identified staying in places not meant for human habitation during the count compared to 41 individuals in summer 2021. The number from this count is preliminary, as individuals can continue to self-report their whereabouts during the time of the count through next Wednesday, August 3 at 5 p.m.
One team had an unexpected visit from an officer from the Grand Chute Police Department while out on their route. He offered to stay with them for the rest of the night and help out however he could. His presence was very much appreciated!
Another team discovered an abandoned building without any people inside, but they found many items inside suggesting people stay there and had been there recently.
Pillars provided van transportation to Salvation Army-Fox Cities for individuals seeking further resources during the night. A handful of individuals did visit and get connected to the help they needed.