The Highland County Homeless Shelter is preparing for the annual Point-In-Time to be held from Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. to Jan. 23 at 6 a.m., followed by a service-based count (ODJFS, food pantries, Community Action, etc.) from Jan. 23-31 to identify any additional unsheltered individuals on the night of the Point-In-Time.

During a 24-hour period, staff and volunteers scout Highland County for homeless individuals, both sheltered and unsheltered, to offer assistance. The information is then provided to the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio, Ohio Development Services Agency and HUD to gauge which areas have seen increases or decreases in the homeless population.

Staff and volunteers will be handing out backpacks donated to the shelter by the Paint Valley ADAMH Board and personal hygiene products provided by the shelter staff.

Anyone interested in volunteering may contact Greg Hawkins, Executive Director of the Highland County Homeless Shelter, at (937) 393-0634 or via email at