St. Louis County to Conduct 2014 'Unsheltered Homeless' Count

Updated: 01/21/2014 5:24 PM
Created: 01/21/2014 4:14 PM

Combine cold temperatures with heavy snow and this winter is proving to be one of the most difficult in recent memory. That's true especially for people who don't have a place to live.

The St. Louis County Public Health and Human Service Department is working again to get an accurate count of "unsheltered homeless" people. The county does this by conducting a Point-in-Time Homeless Count.

The purpose is to identify people who are not staying in a shelter on Wednesday night.

According to the county, this is important because money and resources given to fight homelessness are based on documented counts of homeless persons and families. They said an "unsheltered homeless" person is defined as having a primary nighttime residence that is a place not meant for human habitation. Examples can include a car, park, abandoned building or storage unit, a bus or train station, the airport, a campground or the woods.

The county will be collecting information over a 10-day period to find out where people spend Wednesday night.

If you know anyone without a place without a place to sleep, call 218-726-2543.

Click here for more information on homelessness in St. Louis County

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