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'Point in Time' count begins, collects data to help combat homelessness in Milwaukee

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee's mission to combat homelessness took a major step forward on Wednesday.

Volunteers began surveying the homeless community.

The "Point in Time" count gives government agencies and non-profits the data they need to better serve individuals who are homeless.

Volunteers passed out personal hygiene items.

They will also get a handbook with information about resources available to them.

"When someone is really going through something and they feel alone and they feel as if no one really cares, I'll open up my pic kit and I'll see this book and I'll say 'oh it's a crisis intervention and resource guide," said Nancy Esteves with the Institute for Community Alliances.

Last year's count found 871 homeless people in Milwaukee and 18% or nearly 1 in 5 were living on the street without shelter. 

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