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Number of homeless sought for January 28 event


(Updated Jan. 26, 12:57 p.m.)      

Public asked to number the homeless on Jan. 28

        On January 28, shelters and organizations serving the homeless in this area will be identifying those who are homeless -- not people by name, but individuals by situation and demographic.

For one 24-hour period across the nation Jan. 28, agencies will join for the event, “Because They Count.” Identifying the true extent of homelessness in the community one person and one family at a time impacts the level of assistance the community will receive to help our homeless neighbors.

Locally, the count will be managed by Foothills Homeless Coalition, a regional continuum of care for Caldwell, Alexander, and McDowell counties. Shelter Home of Caldwell County, a United Way agency, and United Way of Alexander County are also participating in the 24-hour count.

“This process is not to point out who specifically is homeless in our community by name, but by situation and demographic. Why? There are millions of dollars that go to NC communities to combat homelessness.  Those are communities that recognize the problem and choose to pursue solutions to help prevent and assist those who are being evicted, living on the street, living in their cars, or other places not intended for human habitation,” said Shelter Home Executive Director Sharon Poarch.

How to help the count

The public and local assistance agencies are urged to help on Jan. 28.

“For agencies, food pantries, [and] churches who are assisting people in dire situations where they have lost their homes, or [are] on the street, we would appreciate their help in ‘seeing’ the true picture of homelessness in our county,” Poarch stated. “If they are interested in helping us count, contact Janeen Jones, director of United Way of Alexander County at or call (828) 234-2588.

Contact the count organizers through Facebook at Foothills Homeless Coalition or email them at


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