It’s only early in the year 2024.
However, the Guilford County Homelessness Taskforce and the Guilford County Board of Commissioners are already months behind a self-stated goal that Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Skip Alston announced in early 2023. That goal was to have every homeless person off the streets of Guilford County by the time it turned cold in the winter of 2023.
That goal clearly was not reached so, the new grandiose (and more realistic) goal will be to have all homeless people in Guilford County off the streets by the time it turns cold in winter of 2024.
There were some major steps taken to help mitigate the problem this winter, but it wasn’t enough for many of the Guilford County Commissioners. Beds for the homeless were added at some facilities; the county has purchased a former nursing home and is converting it into a facility that should help homeless people with behavioral problems; and county officials have studied the actual number of homeless people in the county in order to discern the size of the problem.
The cities of Greensboro and High Point are also implementing short and long-term measures meant to help, and community groups have taken care packages with needed food and supplies to the homeless as well as conducted welfare checks.
To move the effort forward, the Homelessness Task Force – which includes elected officials, county staff, and representatives of community groups – has scheduled a meeting for Monday, Jan. 22, at 4 p.m. The meeting will be held in the City Lake Event Center at High Point City Lake Park at 602 W. Main St. in Jamestown.
Community organization leaders, members of the homeless community and other interested people are free to attend. The committee meeting is open to the public.
There will be a virtual viewing option over ZOOM as well. People can visit the Zoom platform at https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1600530431 and complete the webinar registration, then select the option to join from the confirmation email prior to the meeting, and choose one of the audio options.
After joining the webinar, you can also call (646) 828-7666 and enter webinar ID 160 053 0431 if asked for the code.