UPDATED: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 3:59am
BELL COUNTY -- Depending on how many displaced people are counted Bell County could soon receive federal aid.
To fund its homeless programs the county is preparing to send the numbers to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The agency will then review how much money is needed to continue the county's efforts to help the homeless.
The aid will go towards constructing the Salvation Army's 108-bed facility since Martha's Kitchen closed down a few months ago.
And Bell County officials tell us more than 15,000 of their students alone are classified as homeless.
"There is a big need, there's just so many people looking for work, under employed, not employed, and a lot of single family--single parent families, and that makes it even harder," said Judy Morales, director of the H.E.L.P. Center in Temple.
Morales says 36 agencies are still collecting data to submit to the state and it will take a few months before they learn if they'll receive federal aid.
We'll keep you updated.