Local Groups Conduct Homeless Count Surveys 1/23/14
January 23rd, 2014
With temperatures dropping below the teens tonight, volunteer crews around the Basin are working all night to count the homeless. It’s a yearly event designed to get an accurate number of just how many homeless people live in our community
The top priority is to make contact with as many homeless as possible. Once those numbers are counted they will send them to the state with the end goal being more funding and programs to help the homeless.
The temperatures are dropping and it’s getting darker while these volunteers are on the lookout.
While feeding the homeless and keeping them warm, one group is trying to get an accurate count of homeless people in Midland County
“That way we can turn those numbers into the state. In return, Midland County will receive benefits from that,” said Evan Rogers the founder of Church Under The Bridge.
Homeless people CBS 7 talked to say they appreciate the concern.
"There's several of us there you know, we're struggling," one man said.
In Ector County, LINKS, a homeless advocacy group was conducting their survey at the Salvation Army.
“We could talk about need all day but if we don't have anything to truly validate it and prove what's going on in our community, it’s hard for us to plead our case,” said Erika Chavez, the Executive Director for LINKS.
Both groups say despite the booming economy, homelessness is actually on the rise.
“We're seeing three or four new faces every week as opposed to before we wouldn’t see new people for weeks,” Rogers said.
Now, they are hoping their numbers can prove what they are seeing and get the homeless more help.
Homeless count numbers will be available in the coming weeks. LINKS says they do a count every year and this was the first time for Church Under The Bridge. However, they say they will make it a yearly tradition.