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The “Every One Counts” Unsheltered Homeless Count Campaign was conducted Wednesday. The Council of Churches defines “unsheltered homeless” as people sleeping in an unsheltered area within 24 hours of the event.
Coordinators gave breakfast and lunch, as well as survival tools to the homeless. Romona Baker is the Chair of the Homeless Count Task Force. She says many organizations were involved in sponsoring the event.
“The continuum of care under the direction of Community Partnership pulls together people from all the different agencies in town to try to work on – there is a ten year plan for ending homeless ness in Springfield and although that is a pretty loft goal to end it, there are just consistently things that are being improved,” Baker said.
The event reported 168 homeless people attended, 112 of whom listed themselves as “unsheltered homeless.” However, organizers say the actual number of unsheltered homeless may be significantly higher, since they weren’t able to find people in the regular spots where the homeless hang out.
The event is held twice a year to count the homeless population for the Missouri Interagency Council to End Homelessness.
For KSMU News, I’m Brittany Donnellan.