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June 14, 2024 10:35 pm

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Guilford County Sees Rise in Homelessness

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Guilford County, NC, has reported a significant increase in the number of people experiencing homelessness. The annual Point-In-Time count revealed that 641 individuals are currently without permanent housing, a rise from previous years where the count ranged from 426 to 482. This increase is attributed to both a rise in homelessness and a new, more accurate counting method.

This year, volunteers used a specially designed app for the count and conducted surveys later in the day, which improved the accuracy of the data. Despite this effort, the number of unsheltered individuals remains high, with 230 people still living on the streets. Local officials are now reconsidering resource allocation and exploring the potential of year-round pallet homes to provide temporary relief. However, a shortage of case managers remains a critical barrier to helping more people find stable housing.