Today: Point in Time Count of Homelessness

Today is Central Minnesota’s Point In Time Count – the “Count” is an effort to count all individuals experiencing homelessness.

Minnesota’s definition of homelessness:    A household, individual or unaccompanied homeless youth lacking a fixed, adequate night time residence (includes doubled up).

To access the survey please click on the following link:

https://www.lakesandpines.org/UNSHELTEREDSURVEY.HTML

If you have any questions regarding the survey, please do not hesitate to call:

Jennifer Erdmann
Youth Host Home Program Coordinator
Community Services Advocate
Youth Specialist
Lakes & Pines Community Action
1700 Maple Avenue East
Mora, MN  55051
800-832-6082 *320-679-1800 Ext. 162
320-679-4139 Fax
763-742-0763 Cell

 

Plethora of choice for your Pine City weekend!

Friday, Oct. 4

  • Farmers’ Market in the Park
    • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Robinson Park, town square – Enjoy it homegrown and handmade!
    • Peaceful Pines Pumpkin Patch
      • 3 p.m. – Dusk, 13650 Government Road – Acres of pick your own pumpkins.   Pick your own $4 each; pre-picked and priced pumpkins too.  Apples, gourds, Indian corn, broom corn, corn stalks, displays and decorations for photos opportunities.
      • Old Highway 61 – An Evening to Remember
        • 4 – 6 p.m., Pine Technical College, 900 4th Street SE – Tour virtual Old Highway 61, and see what it has to offer, and hear from MPR’s Cathy Wurzer, author of “Tales from the Road Highway 61”.
        • Highway 61 Film Festival
          • 6 p.m., various show times, Pine Technical College Auditorium, 900 4th Street SE – The Highway 61 Film Festival is a three-day celebration of the magic of movies that was established in 2011 as a means of supporting and promoting independent films and filmmakers from all along Highway 61, and beyond.  
          • Photos on Buildings
            • Dusk, back of Pine Plaza, along 4th Street SE.    Collections of photographs from area photographers will be shown in a unique way:  “Photos on Buildings” exhibits the talent of photographers by projecting photos onto the backside of Pine Plaza.
            • Pine City Dragons Football Homecoming
              • Tailgate 5 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., east of 7th Grade Commons Area, Pine City High School, 1400 Main Street S. –From 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., enjoy an outdoor BBQ, door prizes, music, and an appearance by the PCHS pep band.  Rain site:  7th Grade Commons.
              • Kick-off at 7 p.m., Saunder’s Field, Pine City High School, 1400 Main Street S. – Wear your Kelly Green and White and cheer on your Dragons (1-4) under the Friday night lights as they take on Crosby-Ironton (2-3). 
              • Late-Night Film Session
                • 10:30 p.m., Danny C’s BeachRocks Supper Club, 10762 Lakeview Shore Dr – A fun-filled evening of an eclectic mix of movies not for the weak of heart!

Saturday, Oct. 5

  • Farmers’ Market in the Park
    • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Robinson Park, town square – Enjoy it homegrown and handmade!
    • PTO Fall Carnival
      • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Pine City Elementary School, 700 6th Avenue SW – The Pine Dragons Parent-Teacher Organization will host their annual Fall Carnival, featuring food, prizes, games, crazy hair, a bounce house and more!
      • Peaceful Pines Pumpkin Patch
        • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 13650 Government Road – Acres of pick your own pumpkins.   Pick your own $4 each; pre-picked and priced pumpkins too.  Apples, gourds, Indian corn, broom corn, corn stalks, displays and decorations for photos opportunities.
        • Highway 61 Film Festival
          • 1 p.m., various show times, Pine Technical College Auditorium, 900 4th Street SE – Day two of the festival brings a great variety of films to the community.  The Film Festival Board is made up of a group of passionate film enthusiasts and artists that have worked to create an outlet for emerging new voices and ideas.  
          • Photos on Buildings
            • Dusk, back of Pine Plaza, along 4th Street SE.   Yet another reason people will find Pine City to be an exceptional arts destination.
            • Late-Night Film Session
              • 10:30 p.m., Danny C’s BeachRocks Supper Club, 10762 Lakeview Shore Dr – Another fun-filled evening of an eclectic mix of movies not for the weak of heart!

Sunday, Oct. 6

  • Lions Spaghetti Dinner
    • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., American Legion Post No. 51, 525 Main Street N. – The community is invited to a spaghetti dinner sponsored by the Pine City Lions.  A freewill offering will be taken at the door and proceeds will benefit the Pine Community Food Shelf among other local projects.
    • Peaceful Pines Pumpkin Patch
      • 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., 13650 Government Road – Acres of pick your own pumpkins.   Pick your own $4 each; pre-picked and priced pumpkins too.  Apples, gourds, Indian corn, broom corn, corn stalks, displays and decorations for photos opportunities.
      • Highway 61 Film Festival
        • Noon, Pine Technical College Auditorium, 900 4th Street SE – For the final day of the festival, there will be a special presentation with films selected by Pine City native and Twin Cities film legend Al Milgrom. 
        • A Place for You Benefit Concert
          • 2 p.m., The Light House, 1045 Main Street S. – A benefit concert for “A Place for You” transitional shelter.   Music and fellowship featuring local church musicians.  Cost is $10.00.
          • Photos on Buildings
            • Dusk, back of Pine Plaza, along 4th Street SE.    The final night of Photos on Buildings 2013, exhibiting the talent of area photographers.
            • Citizen of the Year Reception
              • 4 – 5:30 p.m., North West Company Fur Post, 12551 Voyageur Lane – The 2013 Citizen of the Year is Harvey Lindstrom, a longtime city employee and an avid community volunteer.  

A Place for You Develops its Strategy

After several busy weeks of public meetings, hearings, and working to overcome zoning regulations, A Place for You(APFY)  has settled into the back of the conscious for many local Pine Citians. While there hasn’t been any monumental announcements as of late, that doesn’t mean all is quiet for the board of APFY.  Here are some recent accomplishments and updates describing what the group has been working on:

  • The opening date has been pushed back to the beginning of April/May. Due to cold weather restrictions, the shelter will not be able install an additional water line needed to sprinkler the building. This means the group will have to wait until March/April to get the added water line necessary for the building. While this is a setback for the group, it does give them an additional two months to prepare for the opening.
  • What about food?  Board and co-chairs have been busy looking into partnerships with local groups in order to develop a meal delivery system.
  • Churches are getting involved. Local churches are being contacted as the first step in the group’s fundraising plan. They have the opportunity to provide the shelter with support coming from the immediate area.
  • What is strategic Planning? Strategic Planning is a process that most Non-Profit groups go through to create a roadmap for the upcoming year(s). The process includes outlining the group’s mission, vision, values and goals. This process is essential because it is this plan that the group will compare all future decisions to. APFY has recently completed a multi-day strategic planning session, a very crucial part to the success of the group in order to them to move forward.

 Overall, the work of the group has been very successful. As they push forward they certainly will be met with some challenges, however the group is in an exceptional place and  they have a strong group of individuals to lead them!

Operation Community Connect Returns to Pine County

How do you prepare for the winter?  For many people, the process is fairly simple.  Pull out the sweaters, scarves and hats from storage. Make sure that the snow-blower and shovels are ready to go.  However, for those individuals who are homeless, low-income or “living on little” the process is very different.  Often times for these individuals, preparing for winter involves spending beyond their budget or going without the necessary items. 

To assist Pine County residents prepare for the approaching cold weather, Pine City Horizons has organized Operation Community Connect (OCC). This is the second year in a row that the event will be held in Pine City. The goal of OCC is to connect low-income, homeless, and at-risk households to local resources and services. OCC provides an opportunity for a “one-stop shop” by helping individuals access all the resources and services that they need in one location.

The theme of this year’s OCC is to provide warmth. The services provided at the event reflect this goal at a variety of levels.  A free soup and sandwich lunch will be offered to each individual who attends.  Sweaters, jacket, blankets, mittens and other warm clothing will be given away. Lastly, a wide variety of county organizations will be on hand.  Public, private and non-profit agencies will be present covering topics such as housing, nutrition assistance, financial assistance, medical, mental health info, veteran services, and education and employment opportunities.

The effects of OCC can be felt well beyond this single day event. Previous OCCs have been used by researchers to strengthen their homelessness data for Pine County and Greater Minnesota. For example, the Wilder Foundation has used OCC and other drop-in service events as an opportunity to improve their homeless counts. Their findings have been used to increase funding and further address the issue of homelessness in Greater Minnesota.

This year, Pine County OCC will take place on October 13th from 12pm-6pm at the Lighthouse PCEFC in Pine City. Additionally, Arrowhead transport will be operating county-wide the day of the event. For further questions, to donate, or get involved please contact Lauren Ellmers at (320)629-2575ext 115 or by e-mail at lellmers@pinecitygov.com

Homelessness “Point in Time” Count: Wed July 27th

The Central Minnesota Housing Partnership, in coordination with assistance organizations in 4 other states, are conducting Minnesota’s first summertime “Point-In-Time” count of unsheltered Minnesotans.  The completed surveys will help the Central Minnesota Housing Partnership and Central Minnesota Continuum of Care accurately report the extent of homelessness in Central Minnesota, apply for funding from HUD and provide direct assistance.

The Point-In-Time count is a simple 9 question survey and includes no contact information from the unsheltered individual.  In the event that an individual doesn’t elect to complete the survey, but indicates to a friend, family member, clergy, medical provider or anyone else that they will be without shelter on the day of the count, their numbers can still be counted.

Point-In-Time Survey

Wednesday, July 27th

A copy of the survey can be downloaded here, for individuals facing homelessness to self-report or for providers to submit on behalf of someone whom they know is going to be without shelter on July 27th.  

MN's summertime Point in Time Survey

Survey

Homelessness data released, prevalent in Pine

A homeless person standing outside of Pine Technical College, taken in the fall of 2010

When the “A Place For You” meeting began last night, Monday, Mar. 7, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Deacon Gene Biever talked about a woman who came to the church earlier in the day who is homeless in Pine City, along with her two children. 

I thought to myself, “How sad”, because these are the actual faces to the numbers we hear about, the men, women and children of our community.  In addition, I also knew of another person who faces homelessness in a couple of weeks if he cannot find a place to live.   Personally, I’ve come to know nine (9) homeless Pine Citians in the last year.  Our community, unfortunately, is not immune to it.

On January 26, a Pine County Point-In-Time Count was taken.  It was a 12 degree F. night, hardly the conditions one would want to be in without a warm, secure place to rest.  On that night, there were 38 unsheltered persons counted within the County.  In addition, 54 (although, we can assume that more do) people were staying with family and friends to avoid being homeless.  

Some of the characteristics of the homeless are that they are veterans, victims of domestic abuse, chronic substance abusers, GLBT, mentally ill, unaccompanied youth and felons.   There was nearly every example of it in our county. 

Promising was that, at the meetings, progress is being made.  “A Place For You” may help alleviate this condition in our community.  At last night’s meeting, there was a discussion about whether to serve as an emergency or transitional shelter, and whether to serve singles or families.  Pros and cons of possible locations were discussed, including the former county detention center and the former Allina Clinic. 

The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, Mar. 28 at 5 p.m.   For more inforamtion, contact Pine City council member Mary Kay Sloan, who co-chairs along with Deacon Biever, at mkjsloan@gmail.com.

Pine City Horizons video

To watch the Horizons video documenting some of the activities in Pine City, click here: [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/iuPO9hT4FxY" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]