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City of Waco to hire Homeless Coordinator to help end homelessness

Posted at 5:50 PM, Nov 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-18 20:20:37-05

WACO, TX — The City of Waco is seeking to hire a position to help end homelessness.

"The Homeless Coordinator, it's a position that's been around and has been vacant for the past couple of years," explained Galen Price, the City's Director of Housing and Community Development.

McLennan County has had a slight decline in homelessness since 2017, according to Price.

"We originally had a plan that was done 10 years ago, as we've transitioned out of that plan, we're looking at a new plan of 5 to 10 years to continue those efforts that were originally started," he said.

According to McLennan Country's most recent point-in-time count, a total of 59 individuals were experiencing homelessness in 2019. Of McLennan County's homeless population, nearly 65% were children.

The Homeless Coordinator will be tasked with creating a plan to eliminate the remaining homeless population and ensure McLennan Country's numbers continue to decrease.

The position is slated to be filled in the first quarter of 2020.