HAGERSTOWN - Roughly 137 homeless adults and 73 homeless children live in Washington County at any given time, according to statistics from the Mayor's Task Force on Homelessness.
Formed in October, the task force was created to learn more about the homeless situation in Hagerstown, Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said. Its members will meet for the last time Wednesday to discuss their findings.
"It will help us get a grip on who's homeless, why they're homeless and how long," he said.
The task force's goal is to help as many homeless people as possible get back on their feet, Bruchey said.
Statistics on the local homeless situation were gathered for the most part at shelters, he said.
A lot of people thought the homeless population in Hagerstown was transient, Bruchey said. The studies showed that most of the city's homeless, however, once had a home in the city or another part of Washington County, he said.