Wyoming Gov. Matt Meade signs a Governor's Proclamation declaring Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 Homeless Count Day in Wyoming.

Wyoming Gov. Matt Meade signs a Governor’s Proclamation declaring Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 Homeless Count Day in Wyoming.

Story and photos by Kristin Schaeffer

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Gov. Matt Meade signed the Wyoming Point-in-Time Survey Proclamation, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 at Wyoming Rescue Mission in Casper.

The proclamation declared that Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 would be Homeless Count Day in Wyoming. On Friday each county in Wyoming is scheduled to participate in an annual count of its homeless persons who are in an emergency shelter, transitional housing, or unsheltered on a single night.

From left: Steve Corsi, Psy.D, State Director of Family Services, Gov. Matt Meade and Brad Hopkins, Wyoming Rescue Mission Executive Director, pose with the proclamation.

From left: Steve Corsi, Psy.D, State Director of Family Services, Gov. Matt Meade and Brad Hopkins, Wyoming Rescue Mission Executive Director, pose with the proclamation.

The proclamation read:

Whereas, homelessness is a complex problem involving mental health, medical care, substance abuse, housing and employment; and

Whereas, there are people living in Wyoming who are homeless and lack the ability to achieve a happy, healthy, productive life; and

Whereas, the number of people and families who are truly homeless in Wyoming has not been quantified; and

Whereas, as part of the effort to address homelessness it is important to have an accurate count.

Therefore, I, Matthew H. Meade, Governor of the state of Wyoming do declare Friday, January 27, 2017 as Homeless Count Day

In an effort to explain the count and what would happen, Meade reminded attendants, beyond the obvious reasons stated in the proclamation, why the Point-in-Time count is needed.

As we count, said Meade. “The important thing to remember is that these numbers are people.”

Kristin Schaeffer