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Counting of Homeless People in Northern Kentucky Begins this Week

An effort to count the number of individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Northern Kentucky will begin Wednesday afternoon and end on Thursday afternoon.

The one-day 2019 K-County is being conducted by the Welcome House of Northern Kentucky in partnership with the Kentucky Housing Corporation.

It begins at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The organization describes the K-Count as a "point-in-time" snapshot of persons experiencing homelessness across Kentucky. 

The Welcome House will focus on Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties.

The count will include people who live temporarily in emergency shelters and in transitional housing programs, as well those who are "unsheltered".

Volunteers are needed and should meet at the Welcome House's office at 1132 Greenup St. in Covington at 3:30.

Understanding the scope of homelessness in a local area allows planners to more effectively target resources, which helps minimize the number of individuals and families experiencing homelessness and, in turn, reduces the inefficient and costly use other valuable resources in the community, a news release said.

“The K-Count is important for this region because it puts an actual number to the amount of homeless people we are meeting on a day to day basis on the streets,” said Justin Beale, director of programs and services at Welcome House of Northern Kentucky. “We are hoping to shed light on the homeless issues our region faces daily.”

Welcome House is the lead agency in the Northern Kentucky for conducting this year’s K-Count for the unsheltered homeless population. Welcome House, in partnership with other agencies and staff, are counting the homeless population for 24 hours.

“Our staff will be out on the streets looking for people to count and do surveys with,“ said Beale. “Our hope is to complete as many surveys as possible.”

-Staff report
Photo: Interior of the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky