GLENS FALLS — A community workshop has been scheduled for Jan. 22 at Crandall Public Library to explore issues that contribute to homelessness in hopes of finding solutions.
Youth and family homelessness, chronic homelessness, increased connection to services and transportation are topics that will be discussed, according to Duane Vaughn, executive director of the Tri-County United Way.
“We are looking for community members to tell us what they are seeing and help us find ways to battle these contributors to homelessness,” Vaughn said.
Participants will break up into four groups and brainstorm ideas on their topic for 15 minutes. Then the room will debrief together about their ideas.
In November, a similar forum was held at the library to raise awareness of homelessness.
Five “homeless experts” participated as panelists, giving their professional perspectives and answering questions on the scope of local homelessness.
A Warren County sheriff; a commissioner from the Washington County Department of Social Services; a landlord; a case manager from WAIT House; and a worker from Soldier On, a program to end homelessness among veterans, offered advice from their fields and different ways to help.
Vaughn said many of those guests will be back for the upcoming workshop.
“We’re looking for community involvement,” Vaughn said.
Vaughn noted that the “point in time” report for 2017 will be out soon.
Every year, in January, a count is made at a particular date and time to discover how many people are homeless. The count is held during the winter, because many homeless people live outside during the summer and are harder to find.
The count takes into account homeless persons living in emergency shelters, transitional housing and on the streets.
In 2016, there were 1,540 homeless persons, according to the Capital Region Coalition to End Homelessness.
Of that number, 357 were children and 123 people were unsheltered.
An estimated 268 people were identified as experiencing homelessness in a survey done in 2016 of Saratoga, Washington, Warren and Hamilton counties.
The workshop will be held on Monday, Jan. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon and is sponsored by the Saratoga North Country Continuum of Care.