Survey of homeless in Fayetteville to be conducted this month

January 12, 2012 by  

Volunteers are being sought by the Cumberland County Office of Community Development (CCCD) to scour Cumberland County and the town of Fayetteville, North Carolina to take a count and survey those people who are living without a home or shelter on Wednesday, January 25. The CCCD is using printing services such as flyer and poster printing in the designated areas announcing the event and to print sign-up sheets for the volunteers. Volunteers are required to attend one of the two remaining orientation sessions that will be held at Operation Inasmuch in Fayetteville on January 17 at 3:00 pm and January 24, also at 3:00 pm.

Recently, the City Council has been working on plans to find living quarters for the homeless but has failed to develop emergency contingencies for the homeless for the winter when temperatures can fall below freezing and severe weather sets in. According to Sue Byrd, the Executive Director of Operation Inasmuch, which is a non-profit organization that works with the low-income population and the homeless in Fayetteville, this issue comes up every year and the town is consistently scrambling at the last minute to develop an emergency plan for this population when the winter months arrive.

Fayetteville is not the only town in North Carolina that conducts these surveys on an annual basis. Other communities in North Carolina conduct similar surveys and then report the information that has been collected to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. These efforts enable the Department and local communities to identify those who need services and to endeavor to get these services provided for those that need them.