There are homeless people in this town and the surrounding county, and a group is working to make sure a shelter is available for them.

A group tentatively known as the Working Group for the Homeless held its first meeting this week at the Cumberland YMCA, and is looking into funding options for a project that would start with a needs assessment, and eventually put a roof over the heads of those in need.

“We’re seeing a lot of people coming through this program who don’t have anywhere to go, and many community members who have for many, many years known about the problem of homelessness in Amherst and the county,” she said.