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Volunteers Try to Count Reisterstown’s Homeless

Community Crisis Center volunteers did not encounter any homeless people in an effort to count them last week, but they did find evidence of a camp.

Volunteers throughout Baltimore County walked their communities to count homeless people on Thursday, Jan. 24.

The Point in Time count, mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), helps determine eligibility for Federal funding in homeless programs. The count only includes unsheltered homeless people.

In Reisterstown, volunteers from Community Crisis Center (CCC) walked from where Main Street hits Route 30 to Rosewood Lane and Reisterstown Road.

“We did not encounter any homeless people,” said Eileen Compton-Little, a CCC board member. “However, we did definitely find evidence of camps.”

Compton-Little said they found an area with food trash, clothing, bags and other personal belongings in an area where 6 to 10 people could have been staying.

“Based on when the snow fell, I would assume they did not spend the night there last night,” she said on Friday. “There were fresh tracks going in and out that were not ours.”

CCC volunteers thought Reisterstown had about 25 homeless people, a number that executive director Ed Hartman confirmed with the local police precinct.

While there was no count in Reisterstown last year, 800 homeless were counted in Baltimore County in 2012.

The CCC’s mission to prevent homelessness through helping local residents with emergency food, hygiene products, school supplies, career clothing, financial literacy and monetary assistance for utilities and living costs. While these forms of assistance do help, Compton-Little also feels that Baltimore County needs more low-cost housing and is aware that there are not enough beds in shelters, especially for men who typically have a harder time getting into shelters, she said.

“We need to keep a closer eye and try to help these people,” Compton-Little said.

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Marc Shapiro January 30, 2013 at 11:09 PM
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Stop Crime in Reisterstown January 31, 2013 at 12:00 PM
There are people that are homeless in Reisterstown living in there cars or sometimes in vacant homes or jumping from friends homes to live. These people even have kids with them too. They are to proud to ask for help or so tired of all the red tape from DSS, that they try to do things the best they can. Even know you may not think or look homeless, there belongings like clothes and pictures and other stuff, could be stored at there friends houses too. Sometimes you can notice that someone is homeless just by looking at there car and see that it is full of clothes and other stuff too. Maybe they are parked in a shopping center, school,church or even at your neighbors house. There are more then just one way of being homeless too. Please help each other out by lending a hand and encourage each and everyone with positive thoughts and blessings.
Stacy Deems January 31, 2013 at 12:55 PM
They also camp in the little patches of woods around Reisterstown. January is a bad time to count. They should go out in April or May when it's just getting warmer.

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