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City wants to interview every homeless person in 12 hrs

10:32 AM, Jan 15, 2013   |    comments
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The goal -- ultimately -- is to help the homeless move off of the streets, once and for all.

It is an ambitious and unprecedented mission for the city.

For 12 hours, from 6 p.m. Thursday until 6 a.m. Friday, the city is going to send volunteers out into the streets, with police escort, to try to get a head-count of every single homeless person within the city limits that night and morning.

But that's not all.

The volunteers will offer the homeless people gift cards for food, and try to get to know each one of them by name, and try to learn what put them on the streets, find out if they want to get help, and find out what treatment or other assistance they might need.

"It will be a snapshot, it's a first step," said Reese McCranie of the Mayor's Office Monday afternoon.

McCranie said the initial goal is a big one -- to place 800 people in permanent housing by the end of the year.

"We want to put everyone that we can on a path to sustainable housing."

More information about the program can be found here,

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