Homelessness advocates in Overton County will need volunteers in an attempt to get an accurate count of the homeless population later this month.
The annual “Point in Time”, or PIT, count will take place during the night of Jan. 25. In the Upper Cumberland, Homeless Advocacy of Rural TN (HART) assists the federal government with the count.
Vivian Walker is the Homeless Programs Advocate for the Crossville Housing Development Corporation. She said that although numbers have always been low in the county, she thinks that is because the count has not always been accurate.
“PIT Count began in this region in 2005,” Walker said. “The numbers in Overton County have always been very low – even zero. However, we believe this county, as other rural counties, has been terribly under represented. That is the reason we are trying to involve local people and businesses who will, hopefully, catch the vision of the need and partner with us to end homelessness in your area.”
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