NORTHEAST, TN (WJHL)- Monday, at noon, The Appalachian Regional Coalition On Homelessness, also known as ARCH, will be canvassing eight counties throughout northeast Tennessee in pursuit of tallying the amount of homeless people in the region.
The U.S. Department Of Housing and Urban Development requires the count to take place over a 24-hour period each year in order to qualify to receive federal funds that aid organizations, like ARCH, in providing programs that assist the homeless population.
Director of Outreach for ARCH, Douglas Murray, described the event as an educational experience. He said, “It’s very eye-opening … It’s learning their stories, it’s learning that a lot of the folks are no different than you, but due to circumstances, whether it’s they lose their job, lose their house, lose their car, their family breaks up and they find themselves on the street.”
The tally will include Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Washington and Unicoi counties. Murray said they’re still seeking volunteers for the annual census.
If you are unable to volunteer tomorrow but want to help, you can also make monetary contributions to the organization or donate clothing, food, and hygiene products.
For more information, visit ARCH’s website at appalachianhomeless.org
If you see someone who is in need of assistance, call: 1-844-989-2273 (main hotline) or 1-877-754-8387 (to reach ARCH’s veteran hotline).ARCH
321 W. Walnut Street
Johnson City, TN 37604
Phone: (423) 928-ARCH (2724)
Fax: (423) 926-4264
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