Teams of volunteers are out on the streets and at campsites across Wake and Orange Counties this week, surveying the homeless population. It's part of a national effort to house 100-thousand people who are homeless by the middle of next year. The United Way's Chantelle Fisher-Borne is the coordinator of Triangle Registry Week.
Chantelle Fisher-Borne: The crux of the 100 Thousand Homes campaign is identifying our most medically vulnerable homeless people - those who are most likely to die on the streets. And the first step in the model is to do a registry week, which gives you a by-name, by-picture list or registry of your homeless community, of homeless individuals in your community, so we can better understand their needs and get them into housing and services.
Fisher-Borne says based on past data, they believe there are about 150 medically vulnerable homeless people in Wake and Orange Counties. A coalition of local groups is working to match all of them with appropriate housing.