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Agencies working to determine Evansville homeless population

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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

Local agencies are teaming up to find out how many people in the Evansville area are homeless. They plan to use that information to figure out what's next, whether it be developing new programs or pushing for awareness.

Aurora teams and volunteers counted every person who showed up to the United Caring Shelter Wednesday, as part of the nation's mandatory "point-in-time count." The count happens at the end of January.

We’re told last year's count revealed an overall decrease in homelessness of 6 to 7%, but there was a slight uptick when it comes to homeless women. The shelter's executive director says they're trying to improve that with things like transitional housing for both genders. 

This year, they want to see any signs of progress.

“Homelessness is an issue that our city and local agencies are responding to that and trying to make a difference. We would like the homeless numbers to go down where people are able to enter safe, secure, stable housing, whether they start through the shelter, however they're identified. These teams tonight are identifying people and meeting their needs as best as we can and then getting them into stable housing is what we're out to do,” said Jason Emmerson, United Caring Executive Director.

On Thursday morning, the team drove around Evansville to look for those not staying at shelters, to make sure they were counted as well. 

The final numbers are expected to be finalized next week.

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