The North Alabama Coalition for the Homeless (NACH) conducted their annual Point in Time count Tuesday.
NACH was given data from camps and shelters around Huntsville that showed how many individuals came through their doors for help. This count is a mandate from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Completing the count will earn NACH money that will be used towards permenant supportive housing programs, which do not include shelters.
“What we do is we count all the individuals that are in a shelter or in a campsite or in a warming center such as Grateful Life on one particular night,” said NACH Executive Director Lineise Arnold.
By following this requirement, NACH will be given $650,000 to use towards the permenant supportive housing programs. A little more than $450,000 of it will be used for the Huntsville Housing Authority and Huntsville Health Centers basic utlity needs and case management for mental health.
Grateful Life Community Church is one of the centers featured on the count list. Arnold says since the church is a warming center, and not technically a shelter it will skew the numbers slightly, but they should be able to accurately fix any inperfections.
Warming Centers welcome anyone who cannot go to shelters.
“It’s designed for individuals that may not go to the shelter by choice, or individuals that may not be allowed to go to shelters. Be it that they are trespassing or barred or had some kind of infraction that keeps them from utilizing the facility,” Arnold said.
According to Arnold, last year NACH counted up to 92 individuals in camps around town, such as First Stop or the Library. This year she projects a decrease in the camps, but an increase in the shelters.
This year’s count is not complete yet. They will have to get more counts Wednesday morning due to the winter weather shutting some places down.
Local shelters will not see the money from this count. They will continue to rely on public donations.
Homeless Shelters/Camps in Huntville:
3419 Venona Ave NW, Huntsville, AL 35810
1400 Evangel Dr NW, Huntsville, AL 35816
305 Seminole Dr SW, Huntsville, AL 35805
206 Stokes St NW, Huntsville, AL 35805
For more shelters in North Alabama, dial 2-1-1.