|Published: 6:53 AM, 12/31/2012
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
A street count of homeless individuals will be conducted
on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, as part of the 2013 Point-In-Time Count coordinated
by Tennessee Valley Coalition to End Homelessness. The Point-In-Time Count is a
survey of homeless persons in every county across the United States. Due to
separate funding applications from the federal government, there are ten
Continuums of Care (CoCs) across the state. Locally the CoC will survey the
homeless in Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen,
Jefferson, Loudon, Monroe, Sevier, and Union Counties.
During last year's count, 777 homeless individuals were
counted in this 12- county region.
Unfortunately, homeless persons use a variety of public systems in
inefficient and costly ways. While it may not be obvious, the chronically
homeless create significant costs to local service programs. A recent study conducted in Knoxville
showed that a chronically homeless person used approximately $37,000 in
services per year.
For more details, please see the Tuesday edition of the
Newport Plain Talk.
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