Volunteers count homeless population in Texoma

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SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) -- Each year in January, volunteers all over the United States go into the community to count the homeless people living in the county.

But for Grayson county, the last count took place five years ago.

Music, food, and great company. All to celebrate the efforts of hundreds of volunteers and celebrate the community.

"We have brought the community out in awareness of our homeless population that we have," said Sarah Pierce.

The Texoma Homeless Coalition is a group that began 6 months ago, all to prepare for Thursday's count.

These numbers help city officials and federal agencies decide if Grayson County gets federal funding something they haven't been getting for 5 years.

"We have to maintain those numbers going out to congress to get those federal dollars to come back into us to completely improve our shelters and build new shelters," Pierce said.

The Grayson County Shelter case worker, Mikayla Stocks says while the numbers and information help the state, the effort is really about helping those without homes.

"I've seen residents excited about these surveys, excited to see that there are members in the community who want to see more resources want to see more funding in this area to help people like them," Stocks said.

"We're giving them food, we're giving them blankets, we're giving them tighty whiteys, socks ... just things that we take for granted," Pierce said.

The numbers for Grayson, Cooke and Fannin County are expected to be available early February.

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