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Volunteers survey Watertown homeless population in annual street outreach program

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WATERTOWN — Though wintery chills have pervaded the area for weeks, making homelessness during this time seem unimaginable, the issue persists locally even if it cannot always be seen.

Part of addressing homelessness is getting an accurate count of how many people are homeless in the community and reporting those figures to the federal government so funding can be allocated. The Point-in-Time count is an annual survey of homeless people in the United States conducted in January by local agencies on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In Jefferson County, the Watertown Urban Mission, 247 Factory St., takes the reins on local outreach each year. The Homeless No More survey and outreach event took place Thursday with the mission’s CARE Center serving as a hub.

Several agencies, including North Country Family Health, the Victims Assistance Center, Mental Health Association, Veterans Peer to Peer, the Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County, Catholic Charities, Transitional Living Services, Citizen Advocates and more showed up in an effort to connect those in need with resources and services.

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