Volunteers come together to count San Antonio’s homeless population

Point in Time Count is annual census that determines where homeless groups are gathering, their needs

Volunteers come together to count homeless population in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – Hundreds of volunteers were out on the streets Thursday night in an effort to find out more about the homeless population in San Antonio and Bexar County.

The Point in Time Count is an annual census conducted by the South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless (SARAH).

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More than 400 volunteers, along with San Antonio police escorts, were sent out to different zones around Bexar County.

The goal was to find out where homeless groups are gathering and what they needed.

Last year’s figures showed that the number of homeless people went down, but the number of homeless families went up.

Teresa Dominguez says she and her partner, Freddy Duron, have lived in a drainage ditch off Sahara Street for three years.

“It’s degrading to be out here,” Dominguez said

The couple is homeless and say they have struggled to find food, a place to bathe and a place where they belong.

“They look at me and turn around and go the other way because they think I’m going to ask for money,” said Duron.

Darron Fritz, a volunteer with the PIT count, said, “Homeless people almost feel invisible.”

“Many of them want to get back on their feet and get back in and have a place to stay,” Fritz said.

Patty Simmons lives near Duron and Dominguez and described them as “friends of the neighborhood.“ She said their living circumstances shouldn’t justify a lack of compassion.

“It doesn’t mean that it’s bad. It just means they’re different than us,” Simmons said.

Dominguez said she was grateful for PIT volunteers, but said she and Duron are “homeless, not helpless.”

“I have hope. I have to hope we are going to get out of here,” she said.

About the Authors

Before starting KSAT in 2017, Lee was a photojournalist at KENS 5, where he won a Lone Star Emmy in 2014 for Best Weather Segment. In 2009 and 2010 Lee garnered first-place awards with the Texas Association of Broadcasters for Best Investigative Series in College Station, as well as winning first place for Staff Photojournalism in 2011 at KBTX.

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