Time to Count the Homeless in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG, WV (WTAP)-- It's an annual effort to help the Homeless in Parkersburg.

Tuesday night is the "Point in Time" Homeless count, and it will be going all night long.

Volunteer teams are visiting the locations where displaced persons have camped and slept in the past.

This can include shelters, tents and other abandoned structures.

The volunteers record data to confirm the number, gender,family status, as well as determine if the population is growing or shrinking this year.

"It's important that we do this census because it actually determines, like I said, the funding from the federal level and HUD, and whether or not we need more services here to get assistance for housing, and that it's pretty critical to get people the help that they need," explains volunteer Michael Cross.

The count will take several sweeps to confirm the number in the area.

A final count and press statement are planned to be released Wednesday.

Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing again Wednesday in the MOV.

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