Church Under The Bridge

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I see the Lincoln Financial Building from where I stand — in a dirt parking lot, underneath the Eugene Street bridge, near a scrawl of graffiti.

This is church.

Or really, Phil’s church.

He pulls his hair back in a ponytail and often wears his ball cap backward. He’s a big guy with a cat named Ghost.

He lives in a tent near downtown…

>> Read all of Jeri Rowe: Finding grace under Eugene Street bridge. (News-Record.com)

>> Visit Church Under The Bridge and 16 Cents Ministry on Facebook.

Video: Greensboro day center opens doors for homeless artist

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Shannon, with his art, at the IRC

A homeless artist speaks about art at the IRC:

“…of all the resources we have here, I think the most important to me, that got me where I’m at, is my art, because I’ve always been able to draw but I never really had anybody who focused on how good, and pushed me as much as Liz. Liz saw that I liked the art and she just opened plenty doors for me for people that I never would have known. I sell a little bit, not a whole lot, but just to have people even wanting to spend a penny on it is like, ‘Man, I can do this!’… it helped me help myself…”

Beautiful. Thank you to IRC Director Liz Seymour and to all the people — staff, volunteers, donors, supporters — who’ve come together to create the Interactive Resource Center, a place of hope for homeless people.

Guilford County’s 2013 homeless count will be held on Jan. 30th

From Partners Ending Homelessness, re: 2013 homeless count:

“Count Me In”
Guilford County’s Annual Point in Time Count

On Wednesday, January 30th from 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM Partners Ending Homelessness will conduct Guilford County’s Annual Point in Time Count. The information collected provides a reliable snapshot of unduplicated sheltered and unsheltered individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Guilford County, NC- On Wednesday, January 30th from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Guilford County’s Annual Point in Time Count will be conducted by Partners Ending Homelessness. Point in Time Counts are conducted annually across the nation and are designed to collect data on the number of individuals and families experiencing homelessness on any given night. The information collected provides a reliable snapshot of unduplicated sheltered and unsheltered individuals and families experiencing homelessness. The information collected through the Point in Time Count is used to help measure Guilford County’s progress towards ending homelessness.

Homelessness is defined by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) as a person sleeping in a place not meant for human habitation, sleeping in emergency shelters, or living in transitional housing. Chronic homelessness is defined as an individual with a disabling condition who has either been continuously homeless for a year or more, or has had at least four episodes of homelessness in the past three years. In 2007, there were over 1,200 individuals experiencing homelessness and over 200 individuals experiencing chronic homelessness on any given night in our community. Last year’s Point in Time Count revealed 1,005 people experiencing homelessness in Guilford County, 81 of whom were experiencing chronic homelessness. Due to uncertain economic conditions, it is essential that we conduct the count as accurately as possible in order to help our community plan for services and provide a true snapshot of homelessness in Guilford County.

Information and data from this year’s count will be released to the public on Wednesday, February 27th at the Point In Time Count press conference. For more information regarding the Point in Time Count and press conference, please contact Sara Patterson at sara@partnersendinghomelessness.org or 336-553-2715.

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About Partners Ending Homelessness
Partners Ending Homelessness serves as the lead agency for Guilford County’s federally designated Continuum of Care. Partners Ending Homelessness encourages public understanding of the causes and conditions of homelessness while leading a strong, stable system of care for individuals and families to end homelessness in Guilford County. For more information, please visit www.PartnersEndingHomelessness.org. Partners Ending Homelessness can be contacted at 336.553.2715 or by email at Info@partnersendinghomelessness.org.