Homeless Count Held This Week Across State

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A census of homeless people is required every two years by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Organizations that work with the homeless are responsible for counting them.

Jack Garrett is the program director for the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County. He says knowing how many people live on the streets, in camps or in shelters helps provide services to them.

GARRETT: To have effective policy, you need to know who your population is and then go about addressing the problems that exist within that population.

One of the volunteers who signed up for the count is Agnes Stansfield. She says the problem is too big for her to ignore.

STANSFIELD: It's an awareness thing that these people are around us and I just feel that we can't walk away from this.

Last year state officials reported more than 85,000 homeless residents.

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