(01/31/14) - It's an effort to get more money to Saginaw County to help the
areas most vulnerable.
Friday, volunteers are helping to count the homeless. The information collected will help secure federal dollars.
The volunteers come from several agencies. They teamed up to conduct the count at seven different locations across the county.
One of the set up locations is the East Side Soup Kitchen. Not everyone having lunch there is homeless, but volunteers were checking to see who was in need.
Results from the count help Saginaw County secure about $1.7 million annually. That money is used to help people find shelter, jobs and other necessitates.
"Things they need to get back up on their feet," said Jeremy Reinert, of the United Way of Saginaw County.
The United Way says based on count numbers collected over the past few years, it appears homelessness is on the decline in Saginaw County.
"Sometimes I feel bad seeing the people in the situation that they are in, but I'm for the funding that comes in that's available to help them out," said Liz Troublefield, volunteer.
Genesee County is also conducting its homeless count this week to secure funding for much needed resources for people in that area.
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