Church Under The Bridge


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. (

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

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 or 336-553-2715.


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 Partners Ending Homelessness can be contacted at 336.553.2715 or by email at

Fox8 video: Helping the homeless in the cold

From Fox8:

“On cold nights, outside is the last place you want to be. For some in Greensboro, they have no other option. Homeless people are bracing for the cold temperatures. Some people will be able to get a spot in the shelters, others will use whatever they can to try to stay warm.

StreetWatch is a volunteer group that does weekly check-ups on homeless individuals and homeless camps set up throughout the city.
“Typically we are the ministry that gives out tents and blankets to people that have no where to stay. Tonight all I have to give out is socks and hats,” explains Kirsten Cassell, with StreetWatch.

Greensboro’s shelters are packed. The Weaver House is able to hold up to 115 people. Alphonzo Lyons is grateful to be staying at the Weaver House.
“Never been homeless, never lived in the streets, always been able to provide for myself,” says Alphonzo Lyons, who’s been at the Weaver House for the past few months.

Some people like David Gaither have already done their allowed days at the shelters. He will spend the night under a trailer.

“I got no choice to be out here. I don’t have anywhere to go,” explains David Gaither, a homeless man in Greensboro.

Groups like Street Watch are doing what they can to bring warmth and make the cold nights a little less dangerous. Since last week’s snow storm the group has been running low on supplies.

If you want to donate or help out with Street Watch you can learn more from their website:…”