Boston’s annual Homeless Census taking place this week

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The annual City of Boston homeless census will take place on Wednesday, January 30, 2019.

Here in Boston, the homeless census is led by the Boston Emergency Shelter Commission in coordination with service providers in the Boston area and volunteers. Staff members from Bridge Over Troubled Waters will be among the volunteers participating in coordinated groups to locate and count individuals who are not in shelter that night.

Last year the census efforts counted 6,146 homeless individuals in Boston the night of January 31, 2018.

How does Bridge Over Troubled Waters fit in? Why is this important?

People experience homelessness for many reasons. Bridge youth are often running away from family conflict and troubled environments, abuse, and strife.

The census count helps accurately represent the number and needs of homeless individuals in Boston. This information ensures that the City of Boston, and Bridge Over Troubled Waters, better understand what coordinated services are best supporting individuals in need, and whether there are any gaps that need to be addressed, helping support individuals in moving out of homelessness.