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Homelessness survey taken in Billings and nationwide

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About 1,500 people are homeless in Montana and 500 of those are in Billings.

That's according to a 2016 Housing and Urban Development survey.

The survey was taken nationwide on Thursday night for this year.

The Human Resources Development Council (HRDC) surveyed homeless at the Billings Public Library, the Montana Rescue Mission men's and women's shelters, the Community Crisis Center and the HUB.

The "Point in Time" survey was taken on Jan. 26 across the country.

Volunteers talked with people who are without a home on this date.

It's "kind of hard to hear some people's stories about the hardships that they've fallen on because they're things that could happen to you or me," said Liz Harding, HRDC marketing & PR specialist.

"Any time. Any day. It's just a series of unfortunate events that put people in this situation. But the whole point is to get them recorded and do something about it and create some change," Harding said.

The HRDC office in Billings also conducted the survey in Big Horn, Carbon, Stillwater and Sweet Grass Counties.

An early morning survey will be done at St. Vincent de Paul in Billings.

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