So the issue of homeless isn’t an obvious one to many.
“I think the difference here is our Department of Social Services does not like to see anybody homeless, so they do everything in their power to put (people) up in temporary shelter.”
Some transients pass through who are homeless, she added, but few in the winter.
There are even some people who, lacking housing, camp in the woods, maybe take up residence in an old shack somewhere, she said.
Evergreen Townhouse Community is located on Route 9 across from Cumberland 12 Cinemas in Plattsburgh.
Anyone who is given temporary shelter through Clinton County gets an appointment with that organization.
“We meet with them, find out what their needs are,” Ziemba said. “We offer services without strings attached.”
Case management not only includes locating housing for clients but also working with them to help them successfully keep that residence.
“We keep in touch with them. We keep in touch with the landlord,” Ziemba said.
Evergreen has, along with 21 permanent supportive-housing units, four family units and eight single ones that provide temporary housing.
There is no waiting list for the permanent apartments there, she explained, because they are all accessed through homelessness.
“They are always full.”
— Contributing Writer Chris Fasolino contributed to this report.
The Evergreen Townhouse Community asks anyone who is homeless or knows someone who is to call 563-2223, Ext. 2, today so outreach can be made during the Homeless Count.