Homelessness challenges Columbia County resources

HUDSON — Columbia County doesn’t have enough space for its homeless population. Space to house the homeless is at a premium because the area does not have a homeless shelter in the area, officials said. Homeless people in Columbia County usually congregate around 7th Street Park, and other high foot-traffic areas. To date, seven Columbia County Social Services clients are being housed in Greene County. According to a 2019 study conducted by the Homeless Shelter Directory, which indexes services for the homeless by region and was created for people who want to find and donate food and supplies to their local shelter, Columbia County has 200 homeless people.

In addition, eight individuals suffer from chronic homelessness, according to the study. Chronic homelessness is defined as a condition of experiencing repeated homelessness and is often accompanied by mental illness or substance use. Despite these challenges, Columbia County has found ways to respond to the homelessness problem.

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