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Posted February 26, 2018 | 5:12 PM

500 Pairs of Shoes Hit the Streets for Point in Time Count

Annual count helps County better understand homeless population and how best to serve

Around 500 volunteers hit the pavement on Thursday to participate in Hillsborough County's 2018 Point-in-Time Count. Volunteers, comprised of people from 83 organizations of both public and private entities, dispatched throughout the County, including in the City of Tampa, Plant City, and Temple Terrace, to help provide a snapshot of the homeless population.

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Volunteers prepare to hit the streets in Brandon for the 2018 Point-in-Time Count.

The annual count gives leaders a snapshot as to what the homeless population looks like during a single 24-hour period. The data collected helps public and private partners have a better understanding of who is homeless, why, and for how long.

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Commissioner Murman was visiting the 2018 Point-in-Time Count Command Center to review the real time numbers coming from the field.

Hillsborough County's goal is to ensure that homelessness is rare, brief, and nonrecurring by leveraging resources and partnerships. With the Point-in-Time Count information, Hillsborough County's Homeless Services, along with federal, state, local, and private entities, are able to develop more effective strategies to reach that goal. Over the last four years, Hillsborough County has seen a 20 percent overall decrease in homelessness.

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Dr. Alesia Scott-Ford, HUD Field Office Director; Commissioner Sandra Murman; Felicia Crosby-Rucker, Director of Homeless Services; Antoinette Hayes Triplett, CEO of THHI.

Numbers from the Point-in-Time Count will be available in May and the County hopes the declining pattern continues.

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Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, who works daily with the homeless population, was one of the many vital organizations who took part in the 2018 Point-in-Time Count.

Top Photo information:Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, who works daily with the homeless population, was one of the many vital organizations who took part in the 2018 Point-in-Time Count.

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