DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Groups of volunteers will be canvassing the Dayton area Tuesday night to tally up the number of people staying in emergency shelters or sleeping outdoors in places like bridges and bus stops in an annual effort for agencies to get a bigger picture of homeless issues in the community.
The ultimate goal is to connect them with housing resources and raise awareness.
“People who are experiencing homelessness, that’s the problem. They don’t have somewhere safe, stable, and affordable to live, and so we do have a system set up in the community working with a series of providers trying to connect people quickly with their best housing strategy and provide some support for them to be able to stay there,” says Kathleen Shanahan with Montgomery County Homeless Solutions.
Last year, over 550 people were counted sleeping in emergency shelters or completely unsheltered in Montgomery County.