St. Louis County officials announced Tuesday that they will be counting the number of unsheltered people who aren’t seeking refuge in the county’s homeless shelters.
According to the county, the study is part of federally required Point-in-Time Homeless Count. The purpose of the study is to identify the homeless not staying in a shelter on Wednesday, January 24th.
On January 25th, volunteers will canvass St. Louis County from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. to find anyone living on the street to ensure they’re counted in the census.
“Our homeless count is extremely important because we need to identify those in need of shelter and basic services,” St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger said in a written statement. “I’d like to thank the volunteers for their charitable service to our community.”
An “unsheltered homeless” person is someone living in a car, park, abandoned building, bus or train station, a campground or any place not meant for human habitation.
The county said money and resources to fight homelessness are awarded to communities based on documented counts of homeless persons and families.
County officials said if any residents are interested in volunteering for the count to contact Linda Huntspon at 314-615-4413.