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Families in Crisis conducting count of local homeless
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A men’s homeless shelter operated by Lighthouse Ministries is located near the Warren County Fairgrounds on Collie Drive.

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development is conducting a headcount of sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness.

Assisting locally will be Warren County Families in Crisis. The organization is seeking community partners for the one-day survey, which will take place Jan. 28.

“Please help and assist us in our efforts on getting the most accurate count possible for Warren County,” said Families in Crisis executive director Kristy Stubblefield. “If you know of someone who is living on the streets or a place not meant for human habitation, we could use your help collecting their information on Jan. 28.”

FIC will provide data collection forms and instruction sheets to individuals, businesses, churches or agencies which wish to assist in the count.

“However, if you are not able to interview the homeless individual or feel uncomfortable doing so, please reach out to our agency with the location of the individual and we will make arrangements for an interview,” said Stubblefield. “Thank you in advance for helping us reach as many homeless individuals as we can in our community.”

During the count, FIC will also be handing out personal supplies, blankets, jackets and food to homeless on the streets or places not meant for human habitation.

“If you or your agency would like to help distribute items or donate items to distribute, please contact Families in Crisis to be added to the volunteer list,” said Stubblefield. 

HUD requires that Continuums of Care conduct an annual count of people experiencing homelessness who are sheltered in emergency shelters, transitional housing, safe havens and people living on the streets or places not meant for human habitation on a single night. This data helps evaluate the needs of the homeless and opens opportunities for funding.

For more information, to donate items or to be added to the volunteer list, Families in Crisis can be reached at 473-6543.