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Volunteers hit the streets for yearly point-in-time count

Posted at 4:38 AM, Jan 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-23 10:32:28-05

TUCSON, Ariz. - Hundreds of volunteers are hitting the streets Wednesday morning for the annual point-in-time or homeless count.

Volunteers are set to meet with their teams at specific locations throughout Pima County and are scheduled to begin the count around 6 a.m.

Volunteers are equipped with bags of necessities the homeless may need as well as information on different resources available to them.

The Tucson Pima Collaboration to end Homelessness organizes the count every year, with the purpose of reporting what they find to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Once the department has the information they are able to provide funding to different organizations around town.

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First time Tucson point-in-time volunteer Charles Hofker stressed why it's so important to him to volunteer.

"It's just a way to really reach out, help people and help us determine where our gaps in services really are and also to help us in gathering information that will be given to HUD that helps them determine where they are going to grant funding to," Hofker said.

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Teams are scheduled to finish counting around noon.