The annual Monongalia County Homelessness Count is just days away from kicking off. It is scheduled to begin on Monday, January 27.
It takes hundreds of volunteer hours and training to complete the count. More than 40 volunteers spent their Saturday morning at Mylan Puskar Health Right in Morgantown learning how to participate in the count.
Mylan Puskar Health Right hopes to use the information gathered from the count to better help placing the most vulnerable community members in housing.
"What we're going to do to use that information is hopefully share with the public to raise awareness about the conditions that people are living in," said Caitlin Sussman, a Health Right Social Worker and one of the Registry Week Project Managers. "And also we will use that information to improve homeless services in our community. And ideally we'll use that information to prioritize who needs housed first and efficiently use our resources."
Volunteers will be participating in the homelessness count beginning Monday, January 27 at 4:00 p.m. until Tuesday, January 28 in the late afternoon.
They will set up shop at the Bus Depot in Morgantown near the rail trails and will also be providing food and shelter to the homeless during the count.