Volunteers Walk to Count Homeless

by Audry Kensicki on January 26, 2010 at 5:16 am

Area residents are bundled up walking the streets of Zanesville to count the homeless.

About 75 volunteers gathered today at the Salvation Army in Zanesville to prepare for the walk.

"We do this because we need to get additional funding for homelessness, to end homelessness or prevent homelessness," said Chairperson Theresa Antal. "The whole point of this is to get as much information as possible, to help them not be homeless anymore. Hopefully we’ll have a good turnout today."

The group hopes to not only count the homeless in Muskingum County, but to pass out backpacks with supplies and food.

Volunteer Tina Guthrie says the count is critical to help those without a home.

"I think there’s more that what people believe that there are, even myself," said Guthrie. "That’s why I want to see what is out there. A lot of people say that they’re homeless, but they’re staying here or there or at a shelter or a home. We don’t know how many people are out there in a car or under a bridge or in a park. That’s what we’re hoping to find out today."

Today’s count will be submitted to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Based on how many people are counted, the department will decide whether or not to give our area additional funding to aid the homeless.