Volunteers will again spread out across the Ozarks this week to document the number of sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals.
The Community Partnership of the Ozarks, as they did in January, is partnering with area agencies for the “Every One Counts” campaign, which tallies homeless individuals in Greene, Christian, and Webster counties. According to CPO, the event helps meet critical mandates set by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which provides more than $1 million in funding and support to homeless services in the Ozarks.
According to previous figures, more than 750 people have been declared homeless at any given time in Greene County alone; and an average 250 of those individuals are without a source of shelter. Officials will use this week’s event, scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 1, to better address homelessness on the local level.
In conjunction with this campaign, a centralized event at The Salvation Army’s W. Chestnut Expressway location (1707 W. Chestnut) will include breakfast and lunch. Direct services for housing, veterans’ services, basic need items and more will also be available.