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Homeless count aims to aptly gauge local homeless numbers

"Point in Time Count" began Thursday
Posted at 6:44 PM, Jan 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-23 19:54:34-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The homeless population has been a major topic of conversation among Corpus Christi city leaders as well as the agencies who serve them.

To help receive funding for homeless initiatives, the city's "Point in Time Count" initiative kicked off today. The city performs the count every year to get an idea of just how many homeless people are living in the area.

This year’s count will be based on numbers gathered today. As required by the Texas Homeless Network, those who perform the count, collect data through a 35-question survey.

It provides the agencies that serve them an idea of what barriers the homeless face and what the gaps are in services offered.

"The survey is to show the extent of homelessness, to bring awareness of homelessness and it also increases funding for our non-profit agencies," said Kyle Knutson of the Homeless Issues Partnership.

Although only today’s numbers will count, the Homeless Issues Partnership will be gathering numbers through Sunday.