Hall County takes a count of its homeless population

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Updated: Tue, 21 Jan 2014 10:03:30 CST

Agencies around Grand Island say homelessness in the area is a problem and soon they'll find out just how big that problem is.

On Wednesday, local agencies, schools and law enforcement will come together to get a count of Hall County's homeless population.

The count called "point in time" is used to get the necessary funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

But Sadie Nielsen with Hope Harbor says getting an accurate count is difficult.  It takes the work of many organizations that make up Hall County's Continuum of Care.

But even without the count, she says the need is clear.

"Our shelter has been full since October of 2012. Anytime anybody leaves that bed is available for about a day and then we fill it back up so the need is great as far as just a place for people to go," said Sadie Nielsen, Case Management Program Manager at Hope Harbor. 

At the last count, there were 260 homeless individuals on any given night in Hall, Hamilton, Merrick and Howard counties.