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Board of County Commissioners

Posted on: July 8, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Greene County Cares for the Homeless

The Greene County Board of Commissioners has released the following information in light of recent media coverage suggesting a lack of assistance for homeless individuals in Greene County. The Board believes it is important to emphasize the resources available to homeless individuals and those at risk of becoming homeless in Greene County.

Over half a million people were living on the streets or in places not fit for human habitation in 2015. The Department of Housing and Urban Development annually coordinates with homeless service providers to work within communities to obtain a picture of those who are homeless.

Following the 2016 survey, 58 men, women and children were housed in shelters and transitional housing programs in Greene County.

Homelessness has a devastating effect on families and individuals. There are many reasons for homelessness: personal tragedy, physical health emergency, loss of a job, abuse, mental illness, or substance abuse. In America, 25 million people live pay check to pay check. If one misfortune occurs to them or their family, they are at risk of spiraling toward homelessness.

Individuals or families can experience chronic homelessness which is a cycle of repeated homelessness. This cycle requires more support and encouragement to provide the homeless with assistance.

In Greene County, there are several agencies that provide assistance to individuals and families at risk for being homeless or who have become homeless. Through the generosity of the community and the diligent work of the homeless service providers in Greene County, there is help for many and hope for the homeless.

Emergency Shelters, Rapid Re-housing, Transitional and Permanent Housing Programs in Greene County include:

Community Action Partnership- Ph: 376-7747
Programs: Rapid Re-housing, Transitional Housing

Family Violence Prevention Center- Ph: 372-4552/426-2334 (24-hour Crisis Line)
Programs: Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing.

Greene County Housing Program- Ph: 376-3111
Programs: Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing

Greene Metropolitan Housing Authority – Ph: 376-2908
Program: Permanent Housing

Housing Solutions – Ph: 376-7810
Program: Permanent Supportive Housing

Interfaith Hospitality Network- Ph: 372-0705
Program: Emergency Shelter

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