Volunteers needed for Rock County homeless count

Published: Jan. 22, 2018 at 9:47 PM CST
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The January 2018 Homeless Count is coming up and organizers could use your help.

On any given night, about 300 people are homeless in Rock County according to Jessica Locher with the Rock County Homeless Intervention Task Force. Volunteers are needed to help with searching overnight from Wednesday night to Thursday morning around 4 a.m. The more volunteers that help, means more ground can be covered. If you're not able to help search, donations are needed as well. Locher said snack items, blankets and hand warmers are all needed.

Organizers are also specifically looking for people who've been homeless to help with the count.

"We're looking for volunteers who have been homeless in the past because they do know where we should be looking... Or, if they're not able to come out, just to provide us with that information so we can make sure to visit that location at the proper time," said Locher.

This count happens twice a year, in July and January. The goal is to is to provide emergency shelter and long-term housing but Locher said it is also important because information gathered during the count is used to secure both state and federal grants to help provide housing services.

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