Volunteers Were In Full Force Counting Topeka Homeless

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- Shawnee county volunteers were in full force counting the number of homeless people in the Capital City.

This time last year, 439 people were considered homeless, including 343 in emergency shelters.

The count is set by the federal government and enables the Topeka, Shawnee County Continuum of Care to receive more than $2 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for programs targeting homelessness.

"We have people living on the streets, some of those people really don't want live on the streets, but they don't know what services are available to end their homelessness," Theresa Douthart, 2014 Point In Time Lead.

The homeless survey has to be complete by the end of January. Last year alone, the Topeka Rescue Mission Sheltered more than 21,000 people and provided nearly 548,000 meals to those in need.