Volunteers hold homeless count in Texarkana

Cheryl Sanders
January 26, 2018

On Wednesday, volunteers spread out across Northwest Indiana to conduct the 2018 survey.

For the unsheltered, Ward said volunteers cover 16 regions of the county looking for homeless people. Many of those who have recently fallen into homelessness have jobs, but have been pushed to the streets by skyrocketing rents.

The count is part of a larger plan to end homelessness in Los Angeles, and will serve as a way to measure progress toward that goal, city and county officials said. Residents receive wrap-around services such as medical care, career and mental health counseling and other resources.

But even with those numbers dropping, volunteers conveyed that they still see new faces every year and the shelters are still just as full. "When this information is gathered from various service providers such as law enforcement and schools, it gives us more of an overview of the need in our area", states Hospitality House executive director, Tina Krause. They also told them about resources including local shelters and other services available to the homeless. The Point in Time Count is a requirement of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, which now supports the Northwest CoC member agencies with $289,952 in competitive grant funding. Clients must agree to allow advocates to continue trying to offer them supportive services, but they don't necessarily have to accept services, Gillespie said.

Kentucky's homeless count includes the tenth highest level of unaccompanied homeless youths accounted for within our Balance of State Continuum of Care (CoC) - a category that excludes CoCs of major cities and smaller cities or regional CoCs. The homeless census, as it's called, took place overnight as volunteers went out to count homeless people sleeping on the streets. "Have you been continuously homeless for at least one year?" and "Have you experienced domestic violence?"

"We try to work with people", he said.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said that with additional funding coming to the city and county, a hard task is now "far less daunting though significant". "We want to draw people under the umbrella of services including food and shelter". The details will now help the groups better assess the need for funding in Louisville.

The Salvation Army at 615 Watchung Avenue in Plainfield will host an event from 1 p.m.to 3 p.m. including free winter coats, clothing and toiletries, and free HIV testing among many other services. "Any where we might find someone", she said.

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