Annual homeless count set for January 22

Published: Jan. 14, 2020 at 6:26 PM EST
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It may be less noticeable, but homelessness has become a major concern in our area.

"I feel like it's a big issue in Wood County," says Beth Little, who works for the West Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness.

Is it getting bigger?

"Yes, I believe so," Little says. "There's a lot of mental health issues people have. There's Social Security, disabilities, substance abuse."

The coalition is about to begin its annual count of homeless people in Wood County, set for January 22nd.

Little doubts recent reports of an increase of homeless resulting from people unable to complete drug treatment programs, but doesn't doubt drug issues are part of the homeless problem.

And she has a recent success story involving a homeless couple who had lost custody of their children.

"The mother decided to get clean, so she could get her kids back. He struggled real hard with it, so my organization flew him to a rehab center in Wyoming. He's loving life out there; he's been sober for about 4-5 months."

The coalition already has 15 volunteers for the survey. It hopes to get as many as 50 when it takes place.

Two meetings are set for people wanting to volunteer for the survey will take place at the Downtown Bethel at 517 Market Street.

One is Thursday, January 16th, from 4:30-5:30 P.M. The other is the day of the survey, Wednesday, January 22nd, from noon-1 P.M.

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