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Count of Augusta’s homeless population begins today

The homeless situation often is a concern of downtown businesses. Now Augusta is about to find out just how many people classified as homeless are living in the area.

The 2022 Point-In-Time count of the homeless population in Augusta-Richmond County begins today and will run through the end of the month. This count is led by the Department of Housing and Community Development with help from other organizations.

The count features a six-question survey that will determine demographic information, including mental health and addictions. Outreach programs, which many area businesses and their employees are involved in, will use the information to better serve the homeless population, such as The Bridge Ministry pictured above.

The count will begin in homeless shelters and then will move to other areas where the homeless congregate, including 38 street encampments.

The count is required every two years for communities receiving funding from the federal Housing and Urban Development’s Continuum of Care program.

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