Forum held to address homelessness
A homelessness forum was held at Salisbury University Thursday to discuss how it has affected the region.
This forum comes on the heels of the release of unofficial tallies from the point-in-time homeless count on the lower eastern shore.
Folks attending heard from a panel of experts, then congregated into forum groups to discuss what is being done to address the homeless situation, and how to become involved in the solution.
We are told the numbers for this year's point-in-time count are in line with the numbers from last year, but there are some that indicate the homelessness may be becoming more prevalent.
"Overall, our numbers from last year for annual usage of homeless services shot up about 20 percent. So now on the lower shore we have about over a thousand individuals who are experiencing homelessness each year," Theo Williams, manager of housing and homelessness for Salisbury.
We're told there are between 20 and 25 unsheltered homeless in Wicomico County, with that same total in Somerset and Worcester. Williams adds those numbers may be somewhat disproportionate because the point in time is done when cold weather shelters are open.