Wednesday, January 23, 2013
In 2011, there were 298 people classified as being homeless in a 12 county area, which included Georgetown County.
Starting Thursday a count will be conducted to determine if there has been a change in that number.
The statewide count of homeless men, women, and children living in shelters, on the streets, and other places not meant for human habitation is being coordinated by the South Carolina Homeless Coalition.
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, a person is considered homeless if they are:
• Living in a supervised, publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations, including welfare hotels, congregate shelters, and transitional housing for the mentally ill.
• An institution that provides a temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized (up to 30 consecutive days).
• A place not meant for human habitation (a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings).
• An individual fleeing a domestic violence situation, no subsequent residence has been identified, and the person lacks the resources and support networks needed to obtain housing.
The count in Georgetown County will last one week, according to spokesman Al Teague. Information will be gathered in different ways, including through agencies that feed the homeless, and non-profits that give out clothes and food to the homeless and the poor.
If you would like to volunteer to help with the count, call 843-997-8350.
Training will be held at the Waccamaw Regional Council of Government, 1230 Highmarket Street, at 1 p.m. Thursday January 24th. Pre-registration is requested. Cash donations and food vouchers are also needed so that when homeless families are found and counted, they can be provided a meal and alternative lodging. Some training will be held on various sites as they are needed.
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