Speech to Text for Volunteers Prepare for Annual Point-In-Time Count By Filling Backpacks for Jackson County Homeless
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is a problem in andryanna says: "while access and its community partners do its annual point in time count, each homeless person they come by will get one of these backpacks full of essential items like socks and blankets." nat backpack zip up next week volunteers will be splitting up across the county in the count is a snapshot of how many people are living homeless here in jackson county and that means that they're living either in a temporary shelter, temporary living situation, or emergency shelter, or their living totally unsheltered." the idea is to figure out how much federal funding is needed to help those struggling to get resources. the federal government requires that it's done every two years but jackson county does it every year to see how well it's doing with homeless services. last year, the count found 732 people in jackson county were without a permanent place to call home. that's about 100 more than the year before. constance says: "we are hopeful that in the coming years we will be able to end homelessness in jackson county because we firmly believe that everyone should be sheltered. everyone needs that stability in their lives, warmth a place to call home." access says while the pit count doesn't tell the whole story of homelessness in the county, it gives information about who doesn't have a permanent place to live. andryanna says: "that point in time count happens next monday january 21. in medford, andryanna sheppard, newswatch 12." heavy rains caused parts of interstate 5 to close in northern california. see the impact