Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing during the next few nights, which can pose a grave danger to those who are homeless.
In an effort to count just how many homeless people are in Berea, 15 volunteers will brave bitter cold temperatures Wednesday night beginning at 10:30 p.m. The teams will search the city in the hope of locating and making contact with homeless individuals. The count is being conducted in the later hours to ensure the most accurate tally, according to Berea City Council member Emily LaDouceur. The effort is sponsored by the Coalition to End Homelessness – Berea (CtEH-B).
Referred to as K-Count, the assessment will be occurring all over Kentucky, LaDouceur noted. K-Count allows the Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) to collect data, then access the trend of homelessness in the state.
The same numbers are used by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of their formula for granting funding for various homeless service programs.
Wednesday night’s count is the latest community response to address the homeless problem in Berea. Most recently, a grassroots effort among citizens and churches led to the creation of a Berea chapter of Room in the Inn (RITI), which helps homeless people secure overnight, church-supported shelter.