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Annual homeless count underway

Posted at 9:30 PM, Jan 28, 2019

COLORADO SPRINGS – El Paso County is conducting its Point in Time survey this week.
150 volunteers are taking part in the annual homeless count.

They reach out at local homeless camps, parks, shelters and other service providers.
It’s to get a snapshot of the number of people experiencing homelessness in the county.

The information is used to determine the resources our region can receive to help the population.

“It’s critical to help ensure that we keep the funds that we’re receiving from HUD, and if we identify more families or more youth, it potentionally could bring additional funds into the Pikes Peak Region,” Jennifer Mariano with the Community Health Partnership said.

Last year’s survey found 1,100 people living on county streets. That was about a 10 percent increase over 2017.

We should have the current numbers by next week.