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Volunteers helping count homeless in Billings

Posted at 6:54 PM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 20:55:51-05

BILLINGS — Volunteers in Billings are administering a two-day, nationwide survey to gather information on homelessness across the county.

The Point-In-Time Homeless Survey counts how many people are living in places not meant for habitation but rather homeless camps, on the streets, in shelters, or in hotels.

Volunteers were on hand at several locations throughout Billings Friday to answer questions and help with the survey.

"Everyone's a person, and unfortunately some people fall on harder times than others, and they just need that extra hand. And it's always important to see what you can do to help, even if it's just talking to them. Sometimes they just need someone to listen. That's the biggest thing," said Shanina Wilson, Section 8 specialist for the Human Rights Development Council in Billings.

The questionnaire helps communities gain an idea of how to manage resources and where help is needed.

The findings are reported for federal funding.

That count in Billings will continue through the end of Friday.