Help for the Homeless
One organization is working to help people in the area who don't have a place to live. The Homeless Coalition of Northeast Alabama held a homeless count today in Calhoun County. The organization spearheads the event for Calhoun, DeKalb, Etowah and Cherokee counties. They offer legal and medical services as well as help with housing authority applications and food. Project coordinator, Misty Ledbetter says everyone is two steps away from being homeless. During the event, the organization takes a Point in Time Survey which will estimate how many homeless people are in each county. Ledbetter says it is difficult to get an exact number, but the numbers have been going down over the past few years. One of the women who took advantage of the event today says the people are very nice and extremely helpful. Project Homeless Connection has been running this service since the 1980s and has helped hundreds of thousands of people. The organization will be offering their services to Etowah, DeKalb and Cherokee counties January 26th.