East Tennessee agency leads effort to count the area's homeless

East Tennessee agency leads effort to count the area's homeless

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JACKSBORO (WATE) - The Tennessee Valley Coalition for the Homeless is taking part in a nationwide effort to conduct a street count of homeless individuals during a 24-hour period beginning Monday night at midnight.

The Tennessee Valley Coalition for the Homeless covers a 12-county area including Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Loudon, Monroe, Sevier, and Union counties.

The agency says the Point-in-Time Count seeks to identify the number of homeless individuals and families in each county.  During a 24-hour period, local volunteers and social service agency staff go into the community to gather information on homeless populations. The count not only measures the needs of the homeless, but also provides direction for future development of services.

Last year's count was 796 homeless persons in the 12-county area, with only 575 beds available through shelters, transitional housing and permanent supportive housing.

More information can be found on The Tennessee Valley Coalition for the Homeless website.

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