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2018 Homeless census completed for Big Bend area

2018 Homeless census completed for Big Bend area
2018 Homeless census completed for Big Bend area
Posted at 5:27 PM, Jan 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-29 13:16:44-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The annual Point in Time survey of the number of local people experiencing homelessness, is now complete.

The Big Bend Continuum of Care organizes the homeless census, which is taken the last 10 days of January every year. Nearly 60 volunteers hit the streets to ask individuals experiencing homelessness personal survey questions about their situation.

"We are hoping this year that those number that we get tell the true story about the services we need in our area," said Johnna Coleman, a coordinator for Point in Time and the Big Bend Continuum of Care. "What types of housing accommodations we need and what type of programs we need."

Coleman adds, the information gathered during the survey will help Big Bend counties decrease the number of homeless people.

This year, over 100 unsheltered homeless individuals participated in the survey, including those living in cars, under bridges, and on the street.