Group counts homeless population in CTX counties

Posted at 6:17 PM, Jan 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-28 11:38:01-05

On Thursday, volunteers with the Central Texas Homeless Coalition visited different locations in Bell, Coryell, Lampasas and Hamilton Counties to count the number of homeless people in their communities.

Through a survey, the groups conducted a Point-in-Time count, which gives a snapshot of the number of homeless people in a community in one given day.

"People can take action if you are able to present factual information and prove there is an issue with homelessness in your community," Central Texas Homeless Coalition Board Member Felicia Holland said. 

Maddisan Clark, who is currently homeless, is staying at The Salvation Army in Temple while they are helping her get back on her feet. 

"A few months ago, there was some domestic violence so I decided to leave that and be on my own so I didn't have to experience that," Clark said. 

On Thursday, she responded to the survey questions outside of Feed My Sheep, a faith-based ministry that provides meals for homeless people.

For helping out with the survey, she received a bag filled with toiletries and snacks. 

Kirby Robinson, who was eating lunch at Feed My Sheep, was also grateful to receive items after participating in the survey where he answered questions about being homeless. 

He said he is currently sleeping at a friend's house but most of the day he spends outside searching for a job.

"[I'm] walking three or four miles to get here. Three to four miles to get back. Stopping at the library every day, trying to find a job, trying to find help," said Robinson.

According to Holland, the information from the Point-In-Time Count will also be helpful when applying for grants.

Clark said more funding to help the homeless population would be helpful. 

"There are a lot of homeless up here and they need a lot of help. There are very kind but they can only help so many," said Clark.

In 2018, the Point-In-Time count revealed there were 325 homeless people in Bell, Coryell and Lampasas Counties, which was a decrease from 2017.

The Point-In-Time count in Waco will take place on Jan. 28. 

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