Point in Time Count Jan. 24

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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Community organizations across the U.S. will count the number of homeless people Jan. 24. At stake, potentially millions in federal dollars.

King's Corner, the site of Natrona County's Point in Time Count, in Casper, Wyo. on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development distributes money to states based on data from the Point in Time Count.

In Natrona County, count organizers are looking for volunteers.

In past years, Wyoming may have left as much as $3 million annually on the table according to Self Help Center Executive Director Jennifer Dyer. The Self Help Center is helping coordinate Natrona County’s count.

She said Wyoming’s homeless population fell below certain HUD thresholds required to receive the money because the count was inaccurate. She said there are enough homeless people in the state to qualify if all are counted.

She said that day at King’s Corner, count partners will be providing free hot meals, medical screenings, hygiene kits and a veterinarian will be there to work with service animals and pets.

“Every person matters and every person counts and every person deserves to have warm meals, a safe place to stay, have mental health services that they needed, have physical health needs taken care of,” Dyer said.

She said the count is unrelated to the 2020 Census.