January 28, 2016, volunteers will hit the streets in a combined effort to document the number of sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals in Greene, Christian, and Webster counties. The effort is part of the Community Partnership of the Ozarks’ “Every One Counts” campaign.
“Every One Counts” takes place annually to meet critical mandates set by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which provides more than one-million dollars in funding and support to homeless services in the Ozarks. Previous counts have shown there are more than 750 people homeless at any given time in Greene County alone; an average 250 of those individuals are without a source of shelter.
Information collected through “Every One Counts” will assist in the work of the Missouri Interagency Council to End Homelessness. Providers and policymakers can also use the information to address the issues of homelessness on the local level.
In conjunction with this campaign, a centralized event for the unsheltered homeless will be held at the Shrine Mosque located at 601 East St. Louis Street. Breakfast and lunch will be served and event coordinators will distribute needed survival items. Area agencies will also be on hand to provide direct services for housing, Veterans’ services, basic need items and more.
The “Every One Counts” campaign is a collaborative effort of Community Partnership’s Continuum of Care, Council of Churches, Salvation Army, Housing Authority of Springfield, Burrell Homeless Services, the Veterans Administration, Military Order of the Purple Heart, and many other local organizations.