Volunteers will fan out across Greene, Christian and Webster Counties today to count the homeless. The Every One Counts campaign is being headed up by the Community Partnership’s Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness.
According to CPO, it’s held annually to meet critical mandates by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which provides more than $1 million in funding and support for homeless services in the Ozarks.
The efforts’ headquarters will be at the Shrine Mosque where partner agencies will distribute needed survival items and offer direct health and housing services. They’ll also hand out lunch.
A separate event specifically for young people between ages 13 and 24 will be held at Rare Breed Youth Outreach Center (301 N. Main) from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Partner agencies will be onsite to offer health and housing services. Youth attendees will also receive door prizes and free lunch.
Previous counts have shown approximately 500 individuals are experiencing homelessness at any given time in our community. Of those, an average of 195 individuals do not have any source of shelter.