WILLIAMSON — The annual Point-In Time homeless count has been scheduled in Mingo and Logan counties from 4 p.m. Jan. 26 to 3:59 p.m. Jan. 27.
Betty Workman, with the Mingo County Housing Authority explained, “The Point-In-Time homeless count is conducted annually to gather data on the number of homeless as a basis for federal funding to help provide services.”
Workman continued saying, “If you know of any homeless individuals or families please let us know. We will be handing out a flyer with different area services; we hope to raise public awareness about homelessness in our communities during this time.”
Volunteers are needed for the effort. The flyer being distributed by the Housing Authority states, “If you are interested in volunteering to participate in this event or if you have information concerning the whereabouts of homeless individuals in your community contact Betty Workman at 304-475-4663 ext. 306.”
The flyer continues stating, “If you are homeless and would like to be included in the annual Point-in Time Homeless Count, please call us and you will be provided with information about various community resources for homeless individuals and families. Everyone Counts!”
Workman explained that, “It is our hope that we help end homelessness but until this can be accomplished, we hope to be able to aid these families and individuals in any way possible.”
The Housing Authority also distributes care bags to assist the homeless. “This is what we leave under bridges and abandoned buildings,” Workman said. The bags contain food items, water cold weather accessories, a blanket and hygienic items.
The Point-In-Time count, is an effort being made by the WV Coalition to End Homelessness. The website explains that, “Our work, at the WV Coalition to End Homelessness is, as you might have guessed, is to end homelessness in our state. Many organizations have ‘end homelessness’ in their title, and we realize that this is a tall order, but we view it as a completely possible and realistic task. Right now, there is over $15M in resources (federal, state, and private) allocated toward the issue of homelessness in West Virginia. Yet, we continue to see empty beds and people dying on the streets. We must do, as a state and a society, much better at tearing down the imaginary walls of territory and bureaucracy, and work together to end homelessness.”
More information about the WV Coalition to End Homelessness can be found by visiting the website http://wvceh.org.