Homelessness Report Released

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By 106.3 WORD

Several Greenville officials gathered today for the 2019 Report on Homelessness in Greenville County.  

The report was referred to as a follow up to the Tent Center White Paper from 2015.

The Greenville Homeless Alliance, a coalition of 75 groups and partners dedicated to making homlessness in Greenville brief and rare, put together the report.

Over 3,600 people utilized homelessness services in the past year and were divided into three categories: emergency sheltered, unsheltered, and school age children.

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Dr. Burke Royster, Superintendent of Greenville County Schools, said homelessness and home insecurity are huge impediments to the students of Greenville County.

Dr. Royster said of the 77,000 students in Greenville County approximately half of them meet the federal definition of poverty.

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Lorain Crowl, Executive Director United Housing Connection, explained the definition of unsheltered, saying it includes living in a car, an abandoned building, the street, or any place not meant for human habitation.

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At the end of the presentation, Mayor Knox White and Greenville County Council Chairmain Butch Kirven signed a proclamation declaring November 15th Greenville Homeless Alliance Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Day in the city and county of Greenville.

All graphics courtesy of the Greenville Homeless Alliance.