By Ritchie E. Starnes, News Editor
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 —
Part of a national effort to determine the extent of homelessness, local organizers plan to conduct interviews here this week.
Beginning Wednesday evening through Thursday, organizers will conduct interviews to learn who is homeless or on the verge of homelessness.
Homeless is defined as anyone living outside the norm of typical conditions, such as sleeping outdoors or in a car. Also subject to a different count are those who stay at someone else’s house or at shelters.
Those that rely on the area’s shelter, or The Community Inn courtesy of Homes of Hope, will be counted separately.
Information obtained will be kept confidential and those interviewed anonymous. The information is for research purposes only.
In addition to creating a snapshot of the current status of homelessness, the information obtained could be significant with securing funding to address the problem.
Homes of Hope is a United Way agency and a partnership of Stanly County churches, social services agencies and health and human services organizations that provides a short-term transitional and emergency housing for homeless men, women and children. This year its partners and volunteers will count the unsheltered and those in danger of becoming homeless that live in Stanly County.
For the first time, Albemarle police will also provide resources in the count.
In 2013, Homes of Hope served 150 homeless through it programs.
Since 2003, the national count through the U.S. Housing and Urban Development has been conducted during a 24-hour period, or Point-In-Time count.
This year’s count officially begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday and concludes at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Local organizers will take surveys 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday at six strategic locations around the county. The locations include: The Community Table, 512 S. First St., Albemarle; Stanly Community Christian Ministry, 506 N. First St., Albemarle; The Community Table II, 226 N. Kendall St., Norwood; Oakboro Plaza, N.C. Highway 138 (next to Food Lion); Westbrook Community Center, 507 Roosevelt St., Badin; and Fast Stop convenience store, 112 S. Main St., New London.