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RACINE COUNTY — The Continuum of Care for the City and County of Racine will hold its bi-annual homeless street count, known as the Point in Time, on Wednesday, Jan. 29, and into the morning of Thursday, Jan. 30.

During the count, people living on the streets in Racine will be surveyed and offered shelter and services by social service providers and community volunteers. Though it only represents a snapshot of homelessness at a point in time, the information collected during the count helps service providers find gaps in services, which helps them identify how to best serve the homeless in Racine.

The count is also critical to efforts to bring in funding for homeless programs in Racine.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which supports emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent housing and supportive services in the county, requires that the count be conducted at least annually as a condition of accepting its funding, which is close to $2 million annually.

Community members play a critical role in the success of the count. Volunteers will meet at the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Hospitality Center, 614 Main St., at 9:30 p.m. to receive instructions before splitting into teams headed by experienced leaders and hitting the streets. To find more information about the count and to sign up to volunteer, go to goo.gl/bhf8tw.

For more information, contact Demetri Vincze at dbv@legalaction.org, or (262) 635-8836.

The Continuum of Care for the City and County of Racine is a group of agencies that provide services to prevent homelessness and provide emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing and supportive services to homeless households.

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