Point-in-time count gives snapshot of homeless population in Central Texas

KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) The annual point-in-time count brought out hundreds of volunteers Thursday, hoping to get an accurate snapshot of the homeless population across Central Texas.

Point-in-time count aims to get a snapshot of the homeless population across Central Texas.

The count helps organizations get federal dollars and resources to help those in need.

"So we can find out what the trends are, get all of the information from people experiencing homelessness so we can address those needs," said Kyle Moore.

Moore, who sits on the board for the Central Texas Homeless Coalition, is also a member of Killeen Police Department's Homeless Outreach team.

The coalition provides resources for those in Bell, Coryell, Lampasas and Hamilton counties.

Last year, 409 people were counted under HUD's definition of homeless in January. Fast-forward to the summer of 2019, the number decreased to 287.

Factors such as the weather at the time of the count and other dynamics can cause a change.

"We expect this year for the numbers to appear lower but we know there is still a severe issue with homeless in our community," said Amanda Tindell, vice-chair of the coalition.

An exact number from the count is expected in the upcoming months. Volunteers will also be needed for the summer count.