The summer Homes for Harrison County Homeless Count kicked off on Tuesday.
Teams of volunteers hit all major areas of Harrison County including Lost Creek, Clarksburg, Lumberport, and Salem.
Executive Director of the Clarksburg Mission Chris Mullett said on the first day his group didn't find any of the homeless population, but he said that's a good thing.
"We've put 26 people into permanent supportive housing since January and so there are less people who are out there and vulnerably homeless than there were six months ago, which is great,” said Mullett.
Although many teams didn't encounter anyone, the team that covered the Glen Elk area found three people.
"One of the questions that we like to ask is if they are interesting in getting into housing and are you willing to work with us, and all three of them said yes,” explained Melinda Bibbee, with Homes for Harrison County and the Louis A Johnson VA Medical Center.
During the count one of the things all the groups do is stop at local businesses, fire and police departments. Mullett said it's important to both community members and first responders because they know where to look, and where to find homeless individuals who need help.
"First responders, stores, fast food places, they know where the homeless population is. They know where people are living and who those folks are. Anytime we want to find people who are still out there, that's where we are going to go,” Mullett explained.
Bibbee said finding homeless individuals is a bitter sweet feeling.
"You're excited to be able to help 26 plus people so far but you're also sad that there were that many people before the first count in January that we didn't know they were out there,” Bibbee said.
Registry week will continue on Wednesday and Thursday and wrap up with a Block Party on Friday.