Homelessness in Sheridan County: Part One

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Homelessness in Sheridan County: Part One (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)
Homelessness in Sheridan County: Part One (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

A study recently conducted by the Volunteers of America of the Northern Rockies and the Homelessness Resource Alliance of Northeastern Wyoming found that 80 individuals within the county lacked a safe place to sleep. Sheridan Media's Chris Foy brings us part one of his series.


During the joint Sheridan County Homeless Point in Time Count, 34 individuals were in untenable housing situations, from living temporarily with friends and family, in hotels or in locations without basic utilities like water or heat. Seven families in Sheridan County were accounted for living under these circumstances.

Larry Penrice, director of the Sheridan Community Shelter, says he's noticed more single males and females from as far as the Southern states to Alaska making their way to Sheridan in search of temporary housing.

Penrice says he's seeing people from all walks of life find themselves homeless.

In addition, the study found that 40 individuals were currently hospitalized at local medical facilities, from the Veteran Affairs hospital to substance abuse treatment programs - with no home to return to following imminent discharge.

Six individuals were living in their vehicles, under bridges or in camps. 84 other individuals were identified living in the emergency shelter or other transitional housing programs throughout the county. Penrice welcomes anyone to call him at the Sheridan Community Shelter for assistance at 307-673-0025.

Stay tuned for part two of this series (see below) as we examine mental illness and substance abuse as it relates to the growing numbers of those without a home in Sheridan County - and what we as a community can do and are doing to help.

Editor's note: For part two of this series, visit http://www.sheridanmedia.com/new....

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