The Lamar County Homelessness Coalition (LCHC) organized a local Point-In-Time (PIT) Count of the homeless population last Thursday. PIT Counts are held all across the nation on the same day to gather crucial data to better understand and help the homeless in our communities.
PIT Chair for the Lamar County count, LCHC secretary Jenny Wilson explained, “we had over 20 volunteers last Thursday go out and conduct the surveys beginning at 7am and canvasing the city throughout the day. We could not have done it without the help of those agencies directly serving the homeless population in our community including the New Hope Center, the Downtown Food Pantry, IMPACT, That House and the Salvation Army.”
Wilson estimates that approximately 50 individuals were surveyed with just 17 being counted as “sheltered” at the New Hope Center.
In addition to completing the online survey, participants were given 2-1-1 backpacks filled with items such as food, gloves, hats, blankets and hygiene items. These items were donated by the United Way of Lamar County, the RAM Foundation, the New Hope Center, the Downtown Food Pantry and LCHRC Meals on Wheels.
For more information on how you can become a volunteer with the Lamar County Homelessness Coalition, visit the Facebook page or call 903-784-6642.