On a single day in January, a count of all of the homeless people in Johnson County appeared to reveal a longtime problem getting better.
The annual Point-In-Time count, done in every county throughout the nation on the same day, found 48 people were sleeping in cars, living out of hotel rooms or receiving aid from local churches and other agencies. That is significantly down compared to the 132 people who were counted in 2012.
But homelessness advocates say those numbers don’t tell the whole story.
The problem is constantly getting worse, not better. More people are staying with relatives, crashing on couches and applying for help paying utility bills and rent. Those people aren’t counted in the Point-in-Time tally, they said.