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Data gathering for region’s unsheltered population begins this week

The CoC’s point-in-time to gather information on homelessness in the region gets underway this week. (Port City Daily/File)

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — An agency will begin gathering the count of homeless individuals and families in the Cape Fear region this week.

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Annually, the Cape Fear Homeless Continuum of Care provides a snapshot of the unsheltered population in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties. It conducts its Point-In-Time survey across the region for three days every winter.

The survey collects from willing participants various demographics — race, ethnicity, gender, disability status, age, and length of time homeless. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) examines the data to see how effective local agencies are in addressing homelessness. It also utilizes the numbers to determine funding amounts for the agencies.

This year’s count takes place Jan. 24, 25 and 26; each region has volunteers go out for 24 hours to the gather information. Locations are set up for individuals and families experiencing homeless to go to participate

Volunteers will be located at:

  • New Hanover County, Jan. 24 — Living Hope Day Shelter in the basement of First Baptist Church, 411 Market St.
  • Brunswick County, Jan. 25 — Brunswick Partnership for Housing, 250 E. 11th St. in Southport
  • Pender County, Jan. 26 — Pender County Annex, 15060 Highway 17 in Hampstead)

The data is put into HUD’s Annual Homeless Assessment Report, provided to Congress.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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