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Advocates Estimate Increase In Homelessness Based On Local Point-In-Time Count

Volunteers of the local Point-In-Time count of individuals dealing with homelessness observed a record number in 2020. Though the number of confirmed unsheltered individuals was down according to the count this year, when combined with those observed and suspected, the 2021 count could indicate an even higher number.

In accordance with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 60 volunteers in the Bear River area traveled through the community, starting at 4 a.m. on Jan. 28 to provide “state and local governments a snapshot of the extent of homelessness in communities across the state,” according to a press release from the Bear River Local Homeless Coordinating Committee.


Compared to 2020’s total of 57 unsheltered individuals, volunteers surveyed and confirmed 34 homeless individuals and observed 28 additional suspected cases — which would indicate the highest count for the area, so far. Read the rest of the story on


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