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Fewer homeless people found in count

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ANN MARIE AMES
February 11, 2011
— The Rock County Homeless Intervention Task Force this week released the results of its annual point-in-time count of homeless people that took place the night of Jan. 26 and in the early morning of Jan. 27.

Volunteers counted 20 Rock County families living in emergency shelters and eight families living without shelter, according to the data. Additionally, many single individuals were included in the count.


In the emergency shelter and transitional housing categories, 256 people were counted as homeless and living in shelter. Fifty were counted as living without shelter, the data states.


The total number of unsheltered homeless people counted in 2011 is lower than in 2010 when 130 people were counted as living without shelter.


The number of people living in shelters also was slightly lower than the 273 counted in 2010, according to the data released this week and previously reported in the Gazette.


Among those living in shelters during the 2011 count were 104 victims of domestic violence. Twenty-six individuals were listed as being severely mentally ill or chronically abusing substances.


Marc Perry, director of planning and development for Community Action of Rock and Walworth counties, previously told the Gazette that he doesn't think the number of homeless people living in Rock County has decreased, even though volunteers counted fewer people living outdoors than last January.


The task force conducts a count each summer and winter. Volunteers sweep the county, searching in rest areas, parks, 24-hour retail stores, truck stops and other areas.


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development mandates the count.


The results help determine the needs of homeless populations and helps communities qualify for money to address the problem of homelessness.



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