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Volunteers Work to Count Homeless Population

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JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) - Volunteers in Jackson County searched the streets Wednesday counting the homeless. The Point-In-Time (PIT) count helps the community plan for future programs to help homeless people. They're adding six drop-in sites, on top of the outside search.

They're also giving away winter gear, bathroom supplies and helping people register for food stamps and medicaid.

"There are a lot of people that you and I cross paths with everyday that are experiencing homelessness, but we're unaware of it," said Kate Lambert Lee, a volunteer at the Interfaith Shelter. "The face of homelessness today are you and I. They are people who had 40 hour a week jobs, but when those jobs went away, their ability to make their rent and mortgage payments, went away as well."

Counties throughout the country are conducting PIT counts this month. The numbers support grant applications for housing programs and help determine how effective current programs are.

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