Friday, February 1, 2013

Volunteers working to count Utah’s homeless

Volunteers across the state are hitting the streets, looking to count the number of homeless in Utah.

In 2012, the Department of Workforce Services estimated 16,522 people experienced homelessness in Utah. Dozens of volunteers throughout the state will try and see if those numbers have decreased.

Weber Housing Authority Director Andi Watkins coordinates the Point-In-Time Count in Weber County. The survey is conducted on the same day, January 30, every year. Watkins says the date is significant because it’s marked as the coldest day of the year.

The majority of homeless individuals are in shelters, but volunteers go anywhere they think homeless individuals may stay. The numbers they collect go to the state and help determine how much state and federal funds communities get for housing programs.

Watkins says most of the homeless individuals are glad to participate, knowing that the agencies are looking for ways to help them get a roof over their heads. Fox13 News