Posted at: 01/23/2013 4:44 AM
Updated at: 01/23/2013 10:59 PM
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - Officials in St. Louis County will be counting the number of homeless people, both sheltered and unsheltered.
The county Public Health and Human Service Department hopes to get an accurate count of "unsheltered homeless" people this month, but said it will be hard because many people with move because of the frigid temperatures.
"I think it's unfortunate that it's so cold because I think we'll get an undercount," Outreach Worker for CHUM and HDC Homeless Project Deb Holman said. "People are going to be trying to hide out, but they're outside the rest of the year.
It's part of the federally required Point-in-Time Homeless Count. The purpose is to identify people who are homeless and not staying in a shelter on Wednesday night, Jan. 23.
Money and resources to fight homelessness are awarded to communities based on documented counts of homeless persons and families. An "unsheltered homeless" person is someone living in a car, park, abandoned building, bus or train station, a campground or the woods.
"It's really tough to think about someone crawling into a tent on a night that is 40 below, 30 below," Saint Louis County Homeless Programs Planner Stacy Radosevich said. "We're cancelling school because it's too cold. For people to be out, it is really heartbreaking."
Homeless people or people with information can complete a brief survey at the Government Services Center in Duluth on Thursday.
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