The ambitious goal set in the spring of last year by Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Skip Alston to essentially end homelessness in Guilford County before the winter of 2023 wasn’t met, and now the new goal is to do so by the winter of 2024 if not before.

Though this winter has been relatively mild, there are still a lot of homeless suffering on cold nights across Guilford County, so the cities of Greensboro and High Point along with a host of community partners are working to address the problem.

To that end, the Guilford County Homelessness Taskforce is holding a meeting with all the stakeholders on Wednesday, March 6 to build on the progress that’s already been made.  The meeting, which starts at 4 p.m., will be held in the Steve Drew Conference Room in the City of Greensboro’s Water Resources Operation Center at 2602 South Elm-Eugene Street in Greensboro.

The meeting will be open to the public and, in the past, some homeless county residents have even shown up and offered advice to the taskforce’s leaders about programs they’ve seen working in other parts of the country.

 The meeting will also be streamed via zoom at and can be heard by telephone by calling 646-828-7666 and entering the webinar ID 160 054 1332.

Guilford County government has been shifting some projects around in recent months to speed up its response to homelessness.  That happened after Alston came down hard on staff late last year in a public meeting when he complained that the county wasn’t moving fast enough in establishing new beds that could take in those currently sleeping on the streets.

Alston told the Rhino Times that, before 2023, the different local governments and community groups were doing what they could but had no grand overall strategy.  He said with the taskforce meetings, like the one coming up in March, everyone is working together in a more coherent and strategic manner.

One thing that’s helping a whole lot is the money from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).  Among other funding, Guilford County has allocated $8 million in federal money for projects that address homelessness in the area – such as $3.4 million for the acquisition of property to create a residential drug and alcohol recovery facility and to support transition into housing.

The county also allocated $2 million toward the creation of a Center for Hope and Healing in the City of High Point and $1 million for Guilford County Continuum of Care,  which includes funding for partners such as the YWCA, Servant Center and the  Tiny Houses project.