Each year, the nationwide Point in Time Count is held to identify the Nation's homeless population. On a designated day, volunteers across the U.S., document those in shelters, as well as those on the streets.
Edwin Cruz, who works at a local men's shelter, is the coordinator for the count in the Stamford-Greenwich area. On Tuesday, a training was held for volunteers who will be helping to identify the area's unsheltered homeless.
Volunteers say it's not just about identifying the homeless; it's about helping them get off the streets. Whether it's providing short-term services by offering them shelter for the night, or long term resources such as funding from the Government.
The State's Point in Time Count, coordinated by the CT Coalition to End Homelessness, was originally scheduled for late January. Postponed due to snow, this year's Count will take place Wednesday, February 18, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Additional Information about local shelters:
*Men's Shelter for the Homeless- http://www.shelterforhomeless.org/