Bi-annual homeless count coming up Wednesday

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Later this week, staff and volunteers from homeless shelters and community organizations will be conducting a count of homeless people in Eau Claire.

The Eau Claire Continuum of Care will conduct its bi-annual homeless count throughout the day and night Wednesday. To help bring people together, a chili dinner, haircuts, and flu shots will be provided for homeless people and families from 5 p.m. until 6:15 p.m. at the Community Table on Wednesday. Kelly Christianson, the Executive Director of the Eau Claire Interfaith Hospitality Network says this is a great time to get needed information.

"Its two-fold," she said. "It's not just to count the people that are homeless. That's important, but the other part of it is to provide resources to them to get them off the streets."

Christianson says the counts are done nationwide. They're an important part of collecting data on the number, characteristics, and service needs of homeless people and families.

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