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New count shows more people facing homelessness in Guilford County

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP) — How many people in Guilford County are experiencing homelessness? The annual Point-In-Time count tries to answer that question.

The results from this year show 641 people. That number is up compared to previous years. From 2021 through 2023, the count ranged from 426 to 482 people experiencing homelessness.


So why did the number increase in 2024? There are two main factors. There are likely more people experiencing homelessness. Also, the group took a different approach to the count this year and feels the numbers are more accurate than previous years.


“We didn’t necessarily get everybody, but we got closer than we have in years past,” Partners Ending Homelessness Executive Director Sherea Burnett said.

Typically, the team goes out with paper surveys. This year, an app specifically for Guilford County was used. Volunteers went out later in the day to speak with unhoused people.


“Previously when we went out earlier in the evening, people may not have settled in yet, especially if it is busy in the area where they’re known to camp,” Burnett said.


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