Counties prepare to count homeless

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A count for homeless individuals in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana Counties will begin Tuesday night as part of an effort to counteract homelessness.

The count, which is organized by the Mahoning County Continuum of Care, will continue through Wednesday morning.

“The one-day count gives us definitive information on areas in which to concentrate our efforts to end homelessness,” Continuum Coordinator Angie Paramore said.

The number of homeless people has increased in recent years in Mahoning County. In 2010, the county had 186 homeless people, compared with 256 in 2014.

Last year, 43 people were considered homeless in Columbiana County.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development mandates counting homeless population, which includes un-sheltered homeless people, those in emergency shelters, transitional housing and safe havens.

According to the Trumbull County Housing Collaborative, the count is being conducted in order to figure out how much aid each county will need.

The count is done overnight, when most homeless people are not on the move.

Mahoning County recently received $2 million of an $88 million federal grant for homeless services.

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