Fewer homeless on streets during count
JANESVILLE -- Fewer people were found sleeping outside Wednesday compared to previous years when homeless were counted in Rock County.
Volunteers counted seven homeless outside in Rock County, 10 fewer people than in 2010, said Marc Perry, director of planning and development for Community Action of Rock and Walworth Counties.
“We had much warmer temperatures. Because of the weather, we anticipated more people out,” Perry said. “Instead, we ran into fewer people. We just didn’t expect that.”
The Rock County Homeless Intervention Task Force and volunteers count homeless every January and July.
The final number of homeless counted Wednesday won’t be known until next week when people in local shelters or with emergency-housing vouchers are counted, Perry said.
The January 2010 count revealed 403 people living without homes in Rock County, he said. Most homeless are in shelters.
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