A number of volunteers recently visited shelters, camps and other hard-to-reach areas in Pender, Brunswick and New Hanover counties to collect a 24-hour snapshot of the region’s homeless population. The data collected from this annual Point-in-Time Count will be used to determine funding to help expand housing opportunities.

This year, the North Carolina General Assembly cut tens of millions of dollars from social service and mental health programs, leaving public health management organizations struggling to protect services. WHQR’s Sara Wood reports in the region, substance abuse treatment programs and drug court are taking the biggest hit.