Wake-Up Call: 2007 Homeless Census and Survey

Jeff Cornelius is with the Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless. The group conducted its annual homeless census in late January. In the five counties surveyed (Fluvanna, Albemarle, Louisa, Greene and Nelson), the TJACH estimates that there are over 200 residents that would be considered homeless.

Cornelius and callers discuss the necessity of and difficulties in counting the homeless. He also refutes some of the stereotypes people associate with those without a permanent residence. “A lot of [the homeless] have full time jobs,” says Cornelius. “They’re just not coming up with enough money to get a full-time apartment in Charlottesville.”

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