Following a break from the ice and snow, Fayette Cares staff and volunteers hit the streets of Fayette County to collect data on homelessness for the annual Point in Time Homeless Street Count, January 23-24.
“Searching for the homeless in one of the largest counties of Tennessee is no small feat,” says Fayette Cares Chief Financial and Operations Officer Pam Rose. A dozen Fayette Cares volunteers drove in excess of seven hundred miles within a 24 hour period. Their efforts are part of a national Homeless Point in Time Count lead by U.S. Housing and Urban Development to determine a snapshot of homelessness across the country. Volunteers recorded instances where people may have been living on the streets or in makeshift accommodations including vehicles, barns, sheds, and tents.
The data is compiled and studied to make funding decisions for life changing programs. Fayette Cares is part of the West Tennessee Continuum of Care (WTCoC), a comprehensive group of service providers who address homelessness in the region. For nearly two decades WTCoC has helped secure funds to serve homeless families, thereby reducing homelessness by an estimated 50%. The work continues with a goal to end homelessness altogether.