Many “homeless” people in Fayette County will be happy to learn they will soon have an official residence address.

Until now, many people who have actual homes and addresses have been unable to produce much proof of a physical address because the 911 addressing system has not yet reached them.

“It’s a big job,” said Kevin White, 911 addressing assistant. “There’s a lot of detailed work involved, and it’s taken a good bit of time to cover the whole county and we’re still not finished.”

That job entails covering 668 square miles and documenting every residence, each mailing address and detailed directions to each person’s home.

“We are 65 percent of the way done with rural routes now,” said White, who has been working in the Pax area. “We are finishing the smaller ZIP codes, and we’ll soon be beginning the long stretch of Route 19 from Mount Hope to Fayetteville.

The Fayette County addressing department is conducting field collection to convert all highway carrier (HC) and rural routes (RR) to 911 physical addresses. The U.S. Postal Service will be eliminating these types of addresses and will start using the new 911 address soon. Six ZIP Code areas have already been submitted to the postal service. Ten more are nearly complete, and the remainder are in various stages of field collection, White said.

During the next few weeks, notices asking for residents’ current address information and phone numbers will be sent to residents who use post offices boxes.

Post office box holders who return their information to the 911 Center addressing department will then be assigned a 911 address.

Box-holders will continue to use their post office boxes for mailing purposes, and will also be given a 911 physical address. These addresses will then be forwarded to Verizon and other utilities for address database conversion.

“We ask that everyone please be patient,” White said. “We will be working in your area soon. If you require a driver’s license renewal or change, please contact the 911 Center addressing division at 574-4653.”

— E-mail: bdavis

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