(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Wednesday will be an important day across Fremont County. It’s the day the Homeless “Point in Time” count will be taken of all homeless people. The count is being coordinated by the Wyoming Department of Family Services.
“Through the Point in Time count, we discover the number of homeless folks in the state of Wyoming and under which conditions they are homeless,” said Brenda Lyttle, a senior administrator and the homeless coordinator for the DFS in Cheyenne.
Locally, the count will be conducted at locations around the county by volunteers at selected locations and times. Homeless people are asked to check in at those locations. (See poster below). The poster had been distributed far and wide in areas where homeless people gather, and to agencies that deal with the homeless. “This is the first time we’ve been involved in the count,” said Dana Flint, the PATH Coordinator for VOA in Riverton.
In Cheyenne, Governor Matt Mead urged support for the count, and said it would be statewide. “Volunteers around the state manage the count, and others meet directly with people who are homeless,” a news release from the governor’s office said. The information gathered is used to determine funding for projects that assist the homeless.
“We are in the process of improving services for those in this challenging situation and accurate information is important,” Mead said. “I thank the volunteers who work to make a difference.”
The Governor proclaimed January 22nd as Homeless Count Day at a ceremony this morning in the Capitol Rotunda.
In July of 2013 Governor Mead appointed the state’s first homeless coordinator. Brenda Lyttle is working on a ten-year plan to address homelessness in Wyoming and to better coordinate services.
“In a large, rural state like Wyoming there are unique challenges for the homeless,” Lyttle said. “Governor Mead’s proclamation declaring January 22nd as the Homeless Count Day is a good step to raise awareness and make Wyoming’s count more effective.”