Homeless count

Sara Hassan gets her hair styled by Joanne Boswell, the owner of C Street Salon in Independence during the annual Point in Time Count Jan. 24 in Dallas.

Breaking down the homelessness numbers for the county commissioners last week, Brent DeMoe, Family & Community Outreach Director, knew Polk County didn’t experience a sudden increase of 264% in one year. “Three years ago, when the Point in Time count was done by COC (Continuum of Care) they counted a total of four homeless people in rural Polk County,” DeMoe said. “Last year, they counted 25. With the methodology the FCO and other community partners did, the unsheltered count this year is 91.”

Rather than a sudden influx of homeless, DeMoe attributed the jump in three years to the change in methodology to achieve a more accurate count.

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