Group Surveys Lubbock's Homeless Population

Right here in our city, all over the state and even nationally, organizations like Salvation Army, Women's Protective Services, even our Tent City team up to find how big the homeless population is.
By Joshua Cole Little

LUBBOCK, TX--- Every year, different agencies team up together to assess the homeless population right here in our city. 
That process will kick off midnight at the Salvation Army. 
Right here in our city, all over the state and even nationally, organizations like Salvation Army, Women's Protective Services, even our Tent City team up to find how big the homeless population is. 
These statistics are then used to see just how to correct this serious issue. 

"Everybody is doing what we call point in time survey. And that is to give us some information so we can pull it and see where we really need to place our limited resources," says Mary Guetersloh with the South Plains Homeless Consortium. 

She says the yearly census is crucial to the city and government in deciding how to end homelessness. 

"We're going to some facilities that have people already there. An example would be the Tent City." 

Tomorrow, volunteers will go out into lubbock with the South Plains Homless Consortium in hopes to get a first hand look at the homeless population in our city. 
More than 60 volunteers will interview and draw statistics from homeless peoples they meet at various locations around the city. 

"You can't say 'well i'm thinking we probably need to do' till you have some data to support that you can't argue for a grant to do that." 

The data is collected nationally to see what community programs, much like the salvation army--  need funding most to end homelessness everywhere.

Justin Eatherly with Salvation Army of Lubbock says, "we use these stats to write our grants and recieve our funding  from the state and city and use these statistics to really show the people what we really need at the salvation army and how others can help."

'Point in Time'  will start midnight tonight and go all day tomorrow. 
Their main base for Lubbock is at the Salvation Army. 
There's a list of question they will be asked. 
And the biggest part this survey is looking at is chronicly homeless-- which means they don't have any kind of relative or friend they are able to stay with. 

They try to be as accurate as possible. 
There are several food stations set up people can come get food where they will be interviewed. 
The Salvation Army and even Tent City is collecting data. 
And street crews will even go out with the Salvation Army's mobile cantine for 'Survive the Night'. 
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