This 'Point in Time' count is a snap shot of the homeless
population in the area living in a shelter.
or on the street on one night throughout the year.
It's done once in January.
and once in July.
we set of at 330.
We met at Perkins on the Northside of La Crosse and
broke up into five different groups.
We're covering the south side, north side, rail road
tracks on the north, Onalaska, and here in downtown.
The goal is to be finished by about 630.
Another group will also head to 'outreach locations'
Since breaking into our groups, we've been heading
to various locations to head count the number of people
who are homeless.
The locations were decided on after some of the people
in this morning's groups spoke with the homeless to
find some 'hot spots' for those that are unsheltered.
the number of people living on the street increased.
from 23 in July of 2014.
to 35 in July of 2015.
So far this year...
Coulee Cap has been doing this 'Point in Time' count
The goal is to have a better understanding.
and a more accurate number.
of the people without homes by the end of the day.
All numbers will be compiled to make a statewide report.
which will then be sent to the federal government
for a report on the country.
Earlier this morning.
search teams broke into different sections around
the La Crosse area.
looking for people who are homeless.
It's for CouleeCap's 'Point in Time' count.
News 8's Nick Ragner has been out with one of the
teams for the past few hours.
and joins us on scene with the details.