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Local Group Takes Census of Richmond's Homeless Population

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RICHMOND (WRIC) - Local groups that work with the homeless population have a better idea of how they need to tackle the issue in 2014.

At any given moment, there are a thousand homeless people in the City of Richmond -- men, women and children.

Thursday's effort focused on those who aren't in shelters to connect them with the help they need.

Representatives from Virginia Supportive Housing and Richmond Police made their rounds -- stopping by spots in the city where the homeless often hunker down.

But there were challenges.

They only located two people in the first 90 minutes.

"Snow and as cold as it's been, a lot of people do find places to stay to stay safe but we do find people unsheltered outside," says Kristin Yavorsky.

That number has dropped by 40 percent over the past two years and Virginia Supportive Housing is hopeful that ongoing outreach will continue to make a difference.

"We've been able to see by providing housing solutions to families and single adults out there that we can end homelessness," Yavorsky says.

While this census was going on in the city, others just like it were taking place in the surrounding counties.

Groups involved with meet up will tally the numbers and release a regional homeless report next month.

 

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