Lenoir County to partake in Point-in-Time Count

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KINSTON, NC (WNCT) – One group in Lenoir County is embarking on a new, nationwide campaign to assist the homeless.

The Lenoir County Coalition to End Homelessness wants to determine the specific needs of the homeless in our area. They’re partaking in the Point-in-Time Count, a day in January when communities nationwide attempt to gather information about the homeless. This is done through a count, to determine how many people are in emergency shelters, transitional housing programs, or in unsheltered situations.

“We think there’s a lot of homeless in our county that their needs aren’t being addressed,” said Board of Directors President Danny Rice. “So we’re partnering with several organizations here, including United Way… on January the 27th to do a comprehensive count of the homeless in Lenoir County.”

One major goal of the Friends of the Homeless in Kinston is to understand the needs of the homeless in Lenoir County. Danny Rice says the count will allow the shelter to know the needs, and if there’s an increase in those seeking out assistance.

By partaking in this national day, they hope to determine what resources are needed to fulfill the needs of the homeless. The overall goal is to receive money from the federal government, which will be used to fund shelters and other programs that will assist those in need.

Many organizations are taking place in the count, including United Way and local law enforcement.

But additional volunteers are needed. If you’re interested in taking part in the campaign and counting, please contact June Cummings of United Way at (252) 527-0734.

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