Homeless count to take place in Big Sandy region

Staff Report

PRESTONSBURG – A report on indigence in Eastern Kentucky is forthcoming after Mountain Comprehensive Care Center announced this week that it will conduct a street level count of the homeless in the five county region.

Mountain Comprehensive Care Center (MCCC) officials stated in a release this week that on Wednesday January 27, 2016 a street count will be performed in Floyd, Johnson, Pike, Martin, and Magoffin counties, as part of the 2016 K-count coordinated by the Kentucky Interagency Council on Homelessness.

The K-Count is a point-in-time snap shot of homeless persons in every county in the state, excluding Fayette and Jefferson counties. The K-Count includes persons temporarily residing in emergency shelters and transitional housing programs, but volunteers are needed specifically to locate and survey persons living on the streets or in other locations not meant for regular human habitation.

According to MCCC, duri ng the last count, 30 homeless persons were found living in the Big Sandy Region. Organizers say that understanding the scope of the homeless population helps provide planners with the target resources.

MCCC is asking for volunteers to help perform the count throughout the different areas of the county. Food vouchers are also needed so that when homeless families are found they can be provided with a meal and alternative lodging.

For more information please call Margaret Rice at (606) 886-0809 or Larry Martin at (606) 339-0587.

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