The 24 hour count is on as employees and trained volunteers with the Homeless Coalition and The Right Place perform the region’s Annual Point in Time Count. A survey is required every year from the homeless in Calhoun, Etowah, Cherokee, and Dekalb Counties. As a result, the US Department of Housing and Development receives the numbers to determine the needs within each community.
One volunteer group that assists with the count is JSU’s Social Work students. Director Lori Floyd says last year, the count was based upon homeless shelters. As the walk the streets looking for as many people to help within the 24 hours as possible, they are reminded of what some people call their homes.
Floyd says that although she isn’t sure how long it will take for the government to process the results, she thankful to come into contact with people in the community that she can lend a helping hand to.