Homeless Point-In-Time Count in the Upstate

Each year, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires a count of homeless individuals across the nation. The resulting data allows the government to assess local service providers’ funding needs.  On January 23th, 2014, the Upstate Homeless Coalition will coordinate a street and shelter count of homeless individuals in 13 counties across the Upstate.

A safe, efficient, and accurate count is required to meet the needs of veterans, families, and other individuals who have no safe place to stay in Greenwood County. Last year, volunteers counted 238 people who are experiencing homelessness in Greenwood County.  Because a large portion of Greenwood is rural, it is difficult to count everyone—and professionals estimate this number is too low to be accurate. This year, county coordinator Candace Timmerman and the team of local partner agencies and volunteers are hoping to get numbers that accurately reflect the situation here in Greenwood.

Although the PIT Count helps agencies serve the less fortunate, it also benefits local taxpayers. While it may not be obvious, the chronically homeless create significant costs to city governments.  A recent cost study on homelessness found that placing four chronically homeless persons into permanent supportive housing can save more than $80,000 a year.

The Upstate Homeless Coalition hopes to provide effective and sustainable solutions to the problem of homelessness—by helping with the count, members of the Upstate community are invited to do their own small part.

The Mayor’s 5K Walk/Run for Homeless Awareness



Join the Mayor, Meg’s House, and umbrella programs Hope and GAMES as they work to bring awareness to the homeless population in Greenwood.

We’ll be giving out shirts, trophies, and gift bags. Plus, there’s a chance to win free food from uptown restaurants like TW Boon’s, Howard’s, and Buffalo Grill — just for coming out and participating!

The race kicks off November 23rd at 11:00AM at the fountain on Main Street. Finish just in time for lunch uptown!

Register online now for a reduced fee!  www.mayors5k.eventbrite.com



Haircuts for Hope

Greenwood, SC – This week, clients of Project Hope got treated to a day at the salon, through an effort between Meg’s House and Cypress Hair and Nail Studio. The clients – homeless individuals with disabilities – were given new haircuts and had their nails painted, and left feeling fresh and rejuvenated.

Employee Sara Collins of Project Hope – an umbrella program of Meg’s House providing long-term housing for homeless individuals with disabilities – set up the project with the goal of giving the clients a chance to enjoy a new, clean cut. “Our clients come from many different backgrounds and living situations, and many don’t have the funds for a regular haircut.”

Cypress employees spent the day styling hair, painting nails, and getting to know the people of Project Hope.  Client Curtis Franklin (pictured) received a new “hair style” and enjoyed the services. According to Jillian McDonald, manager at Cypress, “Getting a haircut is a renewing process, and can be a powerful tool to restoring positivity and hope. Making everyone feel good from head to toe is our biggest goal, and we are so glad we could help the clients of Project Hope.”

From left, Brianna Cason-Owings, Jillian McDonald, Christy Cook, Sana English Center, Curtis Franklin