Point-in-Time survey counts homeless population in the Cape Fear

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Cape Fear Council of Government is conducting its yearly count of homeless in the Cape Fear.

The Good Shepherd Center has been holding events this week to help the homeless in the Wilmington area.

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The Homeless Continuum of Care works under the council of government.

They are required by HUD to hold a Point-in-Time event.

During a 24-hour period, they count the number of sheltered and unsheltered homeless people.



COC Director Maegan Zielinski says she thinks there will be much higher numbers this year because of Hurricane Florence.

“This is just what we have to do to get our data,” Zielinski said. “We try to give as many resources as we can when we’re talking to individuals, about shelter options or other resources that they can use. We have tons of donations that we hand out. I have coats in my car.”

The number includes homeless from Brunswick, Pender, and New Hanover County.

The Good Shepherd Center held a lunch for the homeless Wednesday afternoon.