Homeless Outreach in Dakota County (1/23/2020)

Last night was the annual Point In Time count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless people. As I have in the past I went out with Amber from Ally Supportive Services, who does homeless outreach in Dakota County. The PIT count isn’t perfect but it provides insight into the scope if the issue. Thankfully, this time of year there is more “couch hopping” and other resources to get people out of the cold. The unsheltered population grows in the warmer months. No one was home when we visited these camps but Amber left information about available services and a bag of toiletries and other items. We were joined by Caleigh, a staff person from Congresswoman Craig’s office. We need federal and state lawmakers to each do our part to cut red tape and expedite the process when there is an opportunity to house someone.

Last night was the annual Point In Time count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless people. As I have in the past I went out with Amber from Ally Supportive Services, who does homeless outreach in Dakota County. The PIT count isn't perfect but it provides insight into the scope if the issue. Thankfully, this time of year there is more "couch hopping" and other resources to get people out of the cold. The unsheltered population grows in the warmer months. No one was home when we visited these camps but Amber left information about available services and a bag of toiletries and other items. We were joined by Caleigh, a staff person from Congresswoman Craig's office. We need federal and state lawmakers to each do our part to cut red tape and expedite the process when there is an opportunity to house someone.

Last night was the annual Point In Time count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless people. As I have in the past I went out with Amber from Ally Supportive Services, who does homeless outreach in Dakota County. The PIT count isn’t perfect but it provides insight into the scope if the issue. Thankfully, this time of year there is more “couch hopping” and other resources to get people out of the cold. The unsheltered population grows in the warmer months. No one was home when we visited these camps but Amber left information about available services and a bag of toiletries and other items. We were joined by Caleigh, a staff person from Congresswoman Craig’s office. We need federal and state lawmakers to each do our part to cut red tape and expedite the process when there is an opportunity to house someone.

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