St. Louis County Conducting Homeless Count

By KBJR News 1

St. Louis County Conducting Homeless Count

January 22, 2013 Updated Jan 22, 2013 at 4:41 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- It’s difficult to imagine, but even with this week’s brutally cold temperatures, there are people in our community without homes who are avoiding shelters.

St. Louis County’s Public Health and Human Service Department is hoping to get as accurate a count as possible of these “unsheltered homeless” people this month.

The County is working with community service providers and agencies to conduct a federally required Point-in-Time Homeless Count.

The purpose is to identify people who are homeless and not staying in a shelter on the night of Wednesday, January 23, 2013.

This is an important count because money and resources awarded to communities to fight homelessness are based on documented counts of homeless persons and families.

An “unsheltered homeless” person, for this count, is defined as having a primary nighttime residence that is a place not meant for human habitation.

Examples include a car, park, abandoned building or storage unit, bus or train station, airport, campground or woods.

St. Louis County will be collecting information over a 10-day period in January in order to find and document where homeless people spent the night of January 23, 2013. County staff will set up a table in the lobby of the Government Services Center in Duluth on Thursday, January 24, for citizens who have information or for people who are homeless and willing to complete a brief, five-minute survey.

AEOA will be coordinating similar surveys in Northern St Louis County.