Homeless shelters across the Ark-La-Tex are staying busy and full this winter. But for the Texarkana Homeless Coalition, this is also a time to give the homeless a voice.
At the Randy Sam's Outreach Shelter in Texarkana, volunteers are conducting the homeless count.
The homeless count is an annual homeless population count where a survey is filled out.
Volunteers ask the homeless if they are veterans, have disabilities, or if they have medical issues and needs.
This is data that can be used to help plan for the future and end homelessness in Texarkana. It's also a way to see what is needed at the shelter in the area right now.
"Last year we surveyed nearly 400 people and statistically for every one that you surveyed there are 10 you can't. So that's about 4,000 people in our area that are without a safe place to call home," Executive Director of the Randy Sam's Outreach Shelter Jennifer Laurent said.
The homeless count is for anyone who is homeless, recently been homeless, or is in danger of becoming homeless.
With the colder weather, the Randy Sam's Outreach Shelter is at its maximum occupancy of 92 homeless residents.
Like most shelters across the Ark-La-Tex, they are always in need of donations. Especially coats, blankets and other winter items.
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