Homeless across state to be counted

A point in time count of the number of homeless people in Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa and Seneca counties is to be conducted Jan. 28.

The count provides state agencies that serve the homeless a single-day snapshot of homelessness across the state.

“We will count those who fall under the following categories: those who are staying in emergency shelter, transitional housing for the homeless, a hotel or motel paid for by a public or private entity in lieu of shelter, or places not meant for human habitation such as streets, campgrounds, or abandoned buildings,” said WSOS Support Services Coordinator Ragan Claypool in a press release.

This count is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD requires annual counts of sheltered and unsheltered homeless people for communities interested in participating in the McKinney-Vento funding through the Continuum of Care application process. WSOS will work with volunteers from the local homeless coalitions and throughout the community to conduct the count.

This year, changes to the count include tracking race, ethnicity and information about those with disabilities.

For information on the homeless programs operated by WSOS, visit www.wsos.org or call Claypool at (419) 334-8911.