Family Refuge Center and Volunteers Will Tally Homelessness in Greenbrier and Monroe Counties

The Family Refuge Center is partnering with the West Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness to count how many people are experiencing homelessness in Greenbrier and Monroe Counties. 

The Point-In Time survey takes place every year during the last two weeks of January across the country. Each county in the state will take down their numbers to be recorded. 

During this time in Greenbrier and Monroe counties volunteers and those with Family Refuge Center will count the number of people sheltered and unsheltered and use these numbers to gain resources to provide for them in the future.

Stefani Keys, Shelter Manager for the Family Refuge Center, said this information helps to gain funds in the necessary areas. 

"What they actually do with that data is it goes to the federal congress and government so that really helps for us to get any type of funding so we can actually get homeless shelters around the state of West Virginia,"Keys said. 

According to the West Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness, last year Greenbrier County had 9 sheltered 3 unsheltered people and across the service area, including 44 of the 55 counties, there were 567 sheltered and 100 unsheltered people.

This effort will begin tomorrow, January 22, at 4p.m. and will go until 4p.m. Wednesday. If you would like to volunteer you can email Stefani at or call the Family Refuge Center at 304-645-6334. 

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