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I-Count Program to Help Homeless

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LAWTON Okla_ They live on the streets, under bridges, in parks; they are the homeless.

Last year, they numbered at least 500 in Southwest Oklahoma. Wednesday, volunteers met at Lawton's Great Plains Technology Center to prepare to find out how that number has changed. For 24 hours, the Southwest Oklahoma Continuum of Care and Homeless Veterans Outreach Campaign will survey the homeless in 16 Southwest Oklahoma counties. The I-Count Committee will do that next week, on September 11th. Of the 500 homeless documented last year, 127 were veterans.

"We are primarily looking for veterans and all others who do not have a residence of their own," Homeless Survey Official Sandy Shatfield said. "We're trying to find them, so we can get them to the services they need and they can have a residence of their own and stand on their own feet."

So next Tuesday, hundreds of trained volunteers will count the homeless over a 24-hour period. I-Count volunteers will visit homeless sites to help the homeless find a safe and affordable place to live as well as help them toward being self-sufficient.

If you'd like more information or want to get involved, call 580-695-7370.

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