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ST. LOUIS, MO — Groups have been out all over St. Louis city and county this morning trying to get an accurate count of the homeless population in our area.

The volunteers who did the count for the city of St. Louis met around 4:30am this morning at places for people in the Central West End. The volunteers got their instructions then hit the streets. In addition to getting a homeless count, the volunteers are also bringing the homeless supplies like blankets, gloves and hygiene products.

This project is called the ‘Point in Time’ count. HUD requires it to be done every year. The homeless count is used to help figure how much federal funding the St. Louis area gets to help the homeless. The data also helps St. Louis area leaders get an accurate picture of the homeless problem in our region. Last year, the homeless total in the city of St. Louis was 1,336 people.

City officials are also putting on a resource fair at the Biddle House shelter north of the Americas Center from 9am-12pm. That event will include health screenings, benefit applications as well as employment and housing services.

Volunteers handed out bus passes this morning to the homeless to help them get to the event.