Community Shelter Board: Number of Homeless in Central Ohio Might be Down

Community Shelter Board officials say initial estimates indicate that Franklin County might have fewer homeless people living outside shelters than last year.

Dozens of volunteers fanned out over the county before dawn Tuesday to look for people who might be homeless. Shelter Board Executive Director Barbara Poppe admits, the count has its limitations.

She says 100 volunteers tried to cover all of Franklin County between 4am and 7am. During the day, counts were also taken of people in area shelters and at feeding sites. Poppe says a thorough count is done of all geography in the central business district.

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development requires a one-day count every other year to receive federal funding to assist with housing for homeless individuals. Barbara Poppe says the Community Shelter Board receives $7.5 million in federal funds.