Jan. 28 marks the second Point-in-Time count of area homeless. Stephanie Lefebvre of the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness said that Roswell and Chaves County were going to be specifically targeted as one of the most under-reported counties in New Mexico. Although these counts have taken place elsewhere in the past, 2011 was the first year that Chaves County participated.
The PIT count figures will be used to distribute funding to help the homeless the throughout New Mexico, particularly in areas of shelter and housing.
The results of the 2011 count revealed 122 homeless; however, those who participated in the count believe the figure underestimates the number of homeless in the county. The 2011 PIT count took place on a Sunday when many of the agencies, such as the Community Kitchen and Harvest Ministries were closed.
Attorney Shelbie Allen, who worked with the late Judge Ralph Shamas on mental health Login to read more