SCCAP Disappointed With Homeless Count Results
Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Last month marked the nationwide, Point in Time Count, identifying the homeless population.
South Central Public Health District recorded 62 sheltered homeless, 14 literally homeless and 11 who are at risk in the region. Out of these numbers, 14 were identified as veterans.
Several refused to do the survey, meaning the agency can't count them.
Leanne Trappen with SCCAP is disappointed with the results.
"We're hoping that we get a lot better numbers because 14 homeless in 8 counties really does not even cover it. We want to be able to show a real picture of our area so we can try to increase our funding to reflect the need," adds Trappen.
Sheltered homeless translates to at–risk and they're not eligible for 60% of the funding through Housing and Urban Development, while literally homeless refers to the population who is living on the street, in a car or shelter. They're able to receive 60% of the funding.